Halo’s self-driving cars are not “autonomous driving” in the complete sense. Under the company’s proprietary technology, its vehicles allow staff to remotely control them. The vehicle in Halo is equipped with 9 sets of camera lenses, and is equipped with radar and ultrasonic sensing components, and then cooperates with T-Mobile to use its 5G network to transmit real-time images.
With the blessing of 5G, low latency and fast rate ensure the security of remote control to a certain extent. Under this design, the remote driver can control the driverless vehicle to pick up the customer at the designated place, and after reaching the destination, he can also travel to the next pick-up point via remote control.
In addition, the “advanced safe stop” mechanism in the Halo unmanned driving system enables the car to automatically brake when a danger is detected, which improves the safety of unmanned driving to a certain extent.
At present, most car sharing services require passengers to park their cars in designated places and return them. Halo now uses remote control technology to save passengers from this task and also solve the problem of nowhere to park the car.
Anand Nanda Kuma, founder and CEO of Halo, said that remote drivers will not intervene in the operation of the customer while riding in the vehicle, and privacy and safety issues will not exist, but if the system determines that the passenger is abnormal For driving behaviors, such as abnormal turns or sudden accelerations that may occur during drunk driving, the vehicle will automatically activate the safety function to slow the vehicle and park it aside to prevent accidents.
Nanda Kumar did not explain how the service is billed, but emphasized that it will be cheaper than other services. In addition, the passengers of the Halo self-driving shared car must be over 25 years old and must provide the front and back images of the driver’s license.
Halo said that even if 5G will be the main force of the future network, their electric cars will also use other networks.
However, remote control is not the ultimate goal of Halo. When the driver remotely controls the tram, artificial intelligence will continue to learn and imitate.
Anand Nanda Kumar, founder and CEO of Halo, said in a press release: “From the perspective of technology and social trust, complete autonomy is a huge challenge and will not be achieved in the next few years. Solve. But Halo is designed to solve these challenges, starting with a solution that consumers will feel comfortable today, and gradually building automation.”
In addition to Halo, Lyft has chosen to pilot the driverless project in Las Vegas, which has launched a driverless taxi service.
Waymo began to provide customers with driverless cars in 2020, and Uber has also conducted trials in the past. Recently, Motional is also testing their driverless cars.
Motional, a joint venture between Hyundai Motor and Anbofu, announced at the beginning of this year that the company has tested a number of driverless cars on the road. Test tasks include operations such as “navigating at intersections, turning unprotected, and interacting with pedestrians and cyclists on the road.”
During the test, an employee of Motional sat in the passenger seat to control the brakes of the vehicle in an emergency. However, in this test, there was no record of passengers intervening in the input of the vehicle, which shows that the completion of the autonomous driving task is good.
Motional was previously approved for testing in Las Vegas. At present, the company chooses to conduct the test in a residential area of the city and only conduct the test during the day.
In order to improve the safety and efficiency of autonomous driving systems, the company launched an extended public data set nuPlan. In addition, Motional also sought an independent third-party organization to conduct a safety assessment before conducting a fully autonomous test.
Motional stated that Germany’s TUV SUD is “the world’s leading independent technical service provider with extensive experience in evaluating driverless technology.” And TUV SUD has obtained the right to use Motional’s proprietary system.
Currently, only a few autonomous driving companies actually deploy unmanned vehicles (also known as Level 4 autonomous vehicles) on public roads. As a self-driving company under Alphabet, Waymo has been operating its Level 4 self-driving vehicles in the suburbs of Phoenix, USA for many years, and recently began to provide services to paying customers.
Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors Holdings, recently launched autonomous driving services in San Francisco. During the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, the Russian company Yandex also conducted self-driving vehicle tests in Las Vegas. China’s Baidu also followed the trend and started testing locally at the end of last year.
It is understood that Motional was officially established as a joint venture in March 2020. Hyundai Motor said at the time that they would spend $1.6 billion in the field of autonomous vehicles to catch up with competitors.
Aptiv owns 50% of Motional. The company currently has factories in Las Vegas, Singapore and Seoul, and has also tested its vehicles in Boston and Pittsburgh.
In the past two years, Aptiv and Lyft’s autonomous taxi fleet has completed more than 100,000 trips in Las Vegas. These autonomous taxis are still monitored by safety drivers under unmanned operation. The service is in cooperation with Lyft. The ride-hailing services are independent of each other. Therefore, the public will not ride in fully driverless cars when using Lyft ride-hailing services.