|SAIC Roewe, SAIC Motor's SUV. / Photo by: Navigator84 via Wikimedia Commons|
Chinese automaker, SAIC Motors, has created an in-house laboratory intended for developing technologies about artificial intelligence. The new lab will work with the academic community on different AI studies meant for building new tech for production and vehicles.
The AI lab of SAIC Motors has one main goal at the present – the commercialization of AI technology. This goal includes the production and deployment of autonomous vehicles. As of the moment, there are 70 employees working in the lab including Sijie Zu, the deputy chief engineer of the company. But Zu said that he will begin recruitment of top engineers and developers to complete the entire staff.
The move of the company is aimed at the growing market of AVs in China. Right now, the market for self-driving tech in the country is being tapped by several tech companies already, such as Baidu, WeChat, and Didi Chuxing due to customers shifting their vehicle preferences. However, SAIC is likely to enter the competition at a later date once they have developed promising AI software, updated car motors, and properly working car models.
Earlier this year, SAIC agreed to work cooperatively with Mobileye, an Israeli-based supplier of intelligent drive solutions. One of the first components the Chinese company would equip is the first-generation intelligent driving central controller that features the latest chipset from the Israeli supplier.
“To push forward the development of intelligent driving, SAIC Motor established cooperation relationships with two communications giants, China Mobile Communications Corporation and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, to develop C-V2X, a technology that can promote vehicle safety and automatic driving,” stated SAIC Motors.
In addition to working with Mobileye, SAIC also joined the 5G Automotive Association to connect with several chip manufacturers, communication companies, and vehicle enterprises. The application of 5G network in their vehicles can be helpful to address the issues on high data transmissions of AVs.