A few months after the official teaser, the Chinese company Jidu unveiled its first concept: Robo-01. The fully electric SUV is built by technology giant Baidu and will be manufactured by Geely, with the goal of bringing the Level 4 autonomous driving capability to market. The concept previews a production model that will follow in 2023, leaving 90 percent of the design.
The Robo-01 was shown at a special event held at Metaverse before its physical debut at the 2022 Guangzhou Auto Show on November. Apparently, it has an aerodynamic shape with lots of curves and a premium design. The Jidu Star features three available colors, Porcelain White, Nebula Gray and Galaxy Purple, all paired with a set of cool-looking black arrow-shield wheels. High-tech LED lights have AI digital pixel technology, which communicates different signals to the world like thumbs up.
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The car combines the front scissor doors with the rear suicide door, giving easy access to the cabin. Inside, the Jidu Robo-01 dashboard features a spacious high-definition screen, mirror-replacement camera, a retractable yoke-style steering wheel that folds when not needed, a futuristic center tunnel with a touch-sensitive area, and four separate seats. . As reported by Car News China, the EVT DuerOS comes equipped with artificial intelligence software, while the hardware includes a NVIDIA Orin X chip and a Qualcomm 8295 processor.
More importantly, the two leader bonnets pop up from both sides, combining 128 lasers in each, giving it a range of 200 meters (656 feet). These will be combined with twelve cameras, twelve ultrasonic radars and five millimeter-wave radars that will continuously scan the surrounding area.
At the moment, the highest level of autonomy in the market is Mercedes-Benz Level 3, so getting close to a fully autonomous car (Level 5) and introducing Level 4 is a big deal for a Chinese car manufacturer. In reality, the Jidu Robo-01 will be able to run on its own most of the time under the supervision of a driver. Jidu CEO Xia Yiping says that in the new era of automobiles, “driving rights” will be transferred from humans to artificial intelligence.
Jidu did not elaborate on the electric powertrain of our SUV, but we guess we will learn more as we get closer to the concept’s debut in Guangzhou. Production of the Robo-01 will begin in 2023 by Geely, soon to be the model’s first delivery in China. The model will be priced around ¥ 200,000 which is roughly 30,000, making it rather cheap for the technology it carries. Jidu’s first EVT will be paired with the second production model launched in the market in 2024.