DJI automated driving tech will be used in a mass-produced electric vehicle for the first time thanks to a collaboration with SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), General Motors' China joint venture with SAIC Motor and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile, a Chinese automobile firm.
The carmaker revealed last week that it would introduce an EV powered by DJI's automatic driving technology, marking the drone maker's first big initiative in the competitive industry.
The launch is a first step for the world's largest drone manufacturer in its drive into the Chinese EV business.
In a statement, the carmaker said that it has been working with DJI on building intelligent cars since 2019, spending “many billions of RMB” on the project and having completed 1 million kilometers (631,371 miles) of vehicle testing.
Caixin, a Chinese financial media site, said that the manufacturer aims to integrate DJI-developed automatic driving capabilities on the Wuling Baojun Kiwi EV, a compact two-door electric vehicle that was released in August of last year.
There is currently no information available on the updated model's complete specs, price information, or release date.
According to the manufacturer, the original Kiwi EV costs between RMB 77,800 and RMB 86,800 ($11,639 and $12,968) and has an estimated driving range of 305 kilometers (190 miles).
About DJI automated driving tech
Caixin reportedly was told by people with knowledge of the company's inner workings that the software installed in the vehicles will enable automated lane changing, automated driving in congested traffic, and other forms of automated driving technology, and that the features of the vehicles will receive regular updates to their software.
In 2016, DJI started its automobile division known as DJI Automotive, which had roughly one thousand workers as of the previous year.
Photo credit: SAIC-GM-Wuling
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