Xiaomi Group officially revealed the development status of Xiaomi Pilot technology today, in the first R&D and workforce update since announcing its entry into the smart electric vehicle segment in March 2021, 500 days ago. Xiaomi plans to invest 3.3 billion RMB in the first phase of R&D of its self-driving technology, and has built up a sizable R&D team of more than 500 world-class professionals. A series of valuable acquisitions and strategic investments in upstream and downstream companies have also enabled Xiaomi to steadily expand its mid-term and long-term industrial capabilities in the field of autonomous driving.
During the August 11, 2022 press conference, Xiaomi also released a live test drive video of its self-driving technology, demonstrating its advanced algorithms and ability to handle a comprehensive list of scenarios.
“Xiaomi’s self-driving technology takes a self-developed full-stack approach, and the project has progressed beyond expectations,” said Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Group.
First R&D phase investment planned at RMB 3.3 billion, talent recruitment and industry-wide deployment.
Since announcing its entry into the smart electric vehicle industry, Xiaomi has remained determined to enter the field of autonomous driving. The company’s progress from zero to one has been made possible by the allocation of significant resources to R&D, the selective hiring of the best talents in the sector and the investment in upstream and downstream companies.
As revealed by Lei Jun, Xiaomi plans to invest 3.3 billion RMB in the early R&D phase of its self-driving technology, and the dedicated team size now exceeds 500 people. By the end of the year, the team should continue to grow to over 600 members.
Since its official establishment last year, Xiaomi’s self-driving team has attracted many high-level professionals. Currently, the 500-member department includes 50 industry experts who form the backbone of the team, as well as an exceptional educational background throughout the team, with over 70% of them holding a master’s or doctoral degree. Core team members have worked for some of the most famous companies in the AI space. Their professional expertise covers all areas necessary for the development of self-driving technology developed by Xiaomi, including: sensors, chips, algorithms, simulation, tool chain, data platform, etc.
Xiaomi has fully acquired self-driving startup Shendong Technology, to enhance its self-driving technology expertise and talent pool. In addition, Xiaomi is also committed to strengthening its medium and long-term strategic industrial capabilities by investing RMB 2 billion in more than ten upstream and downstream companies in the field of autonomous driving. These companies cover a variety of categories, such as basic sensors, basic actuators, domain controllers, and more.
Self-developed algorithm, aiming to become an intelligent electric vehicle industry leader in 2024
Xiaomi takes a full-stack self-developed approach to autonomous driving technology, covering all core areas, such as hardware and software development, perception and positioning, and focusing on large-scale proprietary solutions to enable advanced capabilities. full closed-loop data. This approach allows rapid iteration of autonomous driving algorithms according to user needs.
In a demo video, Xiaomi’s test vehicle demonstrated precise, safe, and intelligent assisted driving in multiple scenarios, including U-turns, roundabouts, and continuous downhill driving.
Focusing on parking, Xiaomi’s Autonomous Driving Team announced an innovative auto-parking solution that covers scenarios such as “reserved parking spots”, “autonomous valet parking” and “automatic charging”. automatic by robotic arm”. In the future, more parking services will be made available, and in order to comply with relevant national laws and regulations, a mix of AI and service-oriented features will be added.
Lei Jun also mentioned that Xiaomi plans to create a fleet of 140 test vehicles in the early development phase of its self-driving technology. They will be individually tested across the country, with the goal of becoming an industry leader in smart electric vehicles by 2024.
Apart from using internal resources, the Xiaomi Auto team also has support from several other Xiaomi teams, such as Xiaomi’s AI Lab, XiaoAi’s AI Assistant Team, and the smartphone camera team, to jointly create a cutting-edge autonomous driving experience.
In just over a year, Xiaomi’s self-driving technology has achieved true progress from 0 to 1, and has become a new force attracting considerable attention in the industry.