Evergrande Auto - automated parking for Hengchi 1

Evergrande Auto reveals more and more details about the upcoming electric cars. Little by little you let the curtain fall. One can say that Evergrande does a lot of things right. The market in China is probably the toughest for electric cars in the world. If you want to compete, you have to be very smart.

Automated parking - Hengchi 1 recognizes pedestrians and obstacles
Automated parking - Hengchi 1 recognizes pedestrians and obstacles

While in Germany it is sufficient to deliver a car with an electric drive instead of a combustion engine to be considered progressive, the situation in China is more ambitious. Chinese customers have higher expectations, an experience that Volkswagen is currently making the hard way. The Volkswagen ID.4, a simple electric car, is getting off to a weak start in China. 1.213 copies were sold in May, around 200 fewer than in the previous month. Bad numbers for VW standards.

Where the problem is is obvious. Bloomberg analyzed: The ID.4 is not smart enough. The new, all-electric VW has no holographic assistants on board. He cannot park autonomously, does not have a high level of autonomous driving.

Various radar systems and a 360 degree camera ensure autonomous parking
Various radar systems and a 360 degree camera ensure autonomous parking

Automated parking

Automated valet parking according to SAE Level 4 is a good thing for new releases above a certain price range. Chinese customers could now find out how it works at Evergrande Auto in the “China Economic Weekly”. Initiated via an app, Hengchi 1 drives autonomously into a parking garage on the island of Hainan. The electric car recognizes pedestrians and obstacles and finds a parking space. After parking has been completed, the app reports that the parking process has been successfully completed.

Hengchi 1 recognizes the Audi leaving the parking space and stops
Hengchi 1 recognizes the Audi leaving the parking space and stops

The maneuvering out of a parking space is also fully automatic. When requested via the app, Hengchi 1 sets off autonomously. The electric car recognizes an Audi out of parking space, stops, then maintains the correct distance and arrives at its user. The face scanner recognizes the user and gives access to the interior. The system is based on a combination of ultrasonic radar, millimeter wave radar, a 360 degree camera and high-resolution map material.

High pressure to innovate

The automated parking system used at Evergrande Auto could be from the German partner Continental to be delivered. But Bosch has also developed a similar system in collaboration with Daimler.

Evergrande Auto packs everything that is technically feasible in its products. That's right, because competitors like Xpeng, Li Auto and NIO are setting the pace. The pressure to innovate is high in China, as is the speed with which new technologies are being used in electric cars. China has taken the lead in technology for electric drives. The once leisurely auto industry is changing rapidly with electrification.

If you want to survive in the future, you have to be smart. And fast.

6 thoughts on "Evergrande Auto - automated parking for Hengchi 1"

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    THANK YOU for the interesting article and discussion!
    The blog is alive….
    Greetings André T.

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    ... I also think that the negative evaluators do not consider the entire spectrum. So far, every technological advance has taken its victims until the system was secure or until one came to terms with a number of victims. It doesn't matter which system, whether it's a bicycle, a space rocket, a train, a machine tool or a car. Even our Kaiser Willhelm II was wrong, the car is just not a passing phenomenon, otherwise we would ride again today. At the moment, the attempt is to observe to achieve exactly that. Not on a horse, but on a bike. I also like to ride everything that can be done by bike, but in the rain, long distances, a lot of luggage, snow and cold, I like to take a SAAB. As a supplement, the autonomous systems are certainly a contribution to making car traffic safer and they will develop very quickly. And if not in Germany then in Asia, we won't stop it.

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    I think a car without a driver on board is generally frightening. All technical components are by no means 100% fault-free - if the technology does not recognize an obstacle as intended, there is no driver who could intervene if necessary. As long as it's just an Audi out of parking space, not much will happen - with a small child who comes from somewhere, the whole thing looks different.

    One should not be too believing in technology - unfortunately the future will hold a multitude of incidents in store that will show us the limits of technical possibilities.

    For example, 30 km / h in cities or a speed limit on motorways is a much more sensible contribution in terms of relaxed driving and more safety in traffic.

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    While on the other side of the globe innovations are going into series production, we're talking about 30 km / h in cities. I am also of the opinion that not every innovation makes sense, but the hostility towards technology and sleepiness that is visible in Germany is frightening.
    But since some of the technologies already come from Germany, the question arises whether the framework conditions are not ripe here or whether the German motorist should simply be ripped off with a basic electric car.
    I'm really looking forward to the first independent driving reports, there is a lot that can be done and turned in the promotional video.

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      Promotional videos

      I have a nice, alternative story board in my drawer. All true events. Individual events, of course, but they could be perfectly condensed into one clip.

      A partially autonomous vehicle is cut and makes an unnecessary emergency stop. Somebody rushes in behind. Accident recording. The journey continues and turns into a side street. There, young people drive e-scooters in sine curves over both lanes and make fun of the fact that all vehicles are behind them and
      oncoming automatic emergency braking and cursing their helpless drivers loudly. What fun. What a great slalom. Who else is making doorbell pranks? A little brother thinks that too, hides between parked cars, overestimates the sensors and underestimates the physics, runs onto the lane and dies.

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        Maybe I was misunderstood / expressed myself in a misleading way

        If semi-autonomous and autonomous driving becomes established, and it will and is already doing so, we will observe new behaviors of pedestrians, skaters, e-bikers, adolescents and so on that do not fit into the concept.

        In purely theoretical terms, it may be possible to build cars that are more predictive, smoother and safer than a driver who drives autonomously. But humans are also very adaptable and capable of learning. There will be a multitude of "idiots" who will enjoy testing the limits of this concept, playing with it, annoying inmates and owners.

        A dance in the parking space, for example. What is the autonomous car doing that has finally found one and is in the second row? Does it get out of itself and scare away the jokers? Does it block the traffic and wait until the game gets too stupid for the youngsters?

        There is still a lot ahead of us that was not even rudimentarily taken into account.

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