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Chinese self-driving startup DeepRoute to open European center in Germany in 2024 to kick off global expansion


DeepRoute expects to set up a European operations center in Germany next year and will release an overseas version of its Driver 3.0 ADAS solution.

In addition to Chinese electric vehicle (EV) makers, suppliers to the industry are also targeting overseas markets.

DeepRoute is preparing to export its technology to overseas markets, and Germany will be the first stop in that endeavor, the Alibaba-backed Chinese autonomous driving startup said.

DeepRoute is present at the ongoing Munich auto show, IAA Mobility 2023, where its CEO, Zhou Guang, revealed the plan, according to a press release from the company yesterday.

DeepRoute expects to open a European operations center in Germany next year and will release overseas versions of its Driver 3.0 ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) solution, its D-Pro and D-Air smart driving products, and its smart-driving light trucks, Zhou said.

DeepRoute was founded in February 2019, and in April 2021 became the first company able to conduct manned robotaxi tests in Shenzhen.

On September 14, 2021, DeepRoute announced the completion of a $300 million Series B round led by Alibaba, making it the first such company the e-commerce giant has invested in China.

On December 8, 2021, DeepRoute released Driver 2.0 which cost less than $10,000, the lowest recorded in the industry at that time.

On March 22 of this year, DeepRoute released its new Driver 3.0 solution, which it said is a solution that does not require high-definition maps and can facilitate mass production for automakers.

Driver 3.0 consists of two versions of the autonomous driving solution, D-Pro and D-Air. The D-Pro has a hardware cost of $2,000 and includes operations and features that do not require high-definition maps, such as Valet Parking Assist (VPA), and point-to-point navigation on all roadways with no Operational Design Domains (ODD) constraints.

D-Air’s hardware costs $1,000 and focuses on driver assistance that does not require HD maps, such as Automatic Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Centering Control (LCC), and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

Currently, DeepRoute is in the process of approaching several international car companies for its technologies, the company said, adding that it has localized the system to German road conditions and users’ driving habits in order to adapt it to the German market.

DeepRoute has enhanced its overseas version of the intelligent driving system with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and emergency steering assistance to cope with German highways, where most of them have no speed limits or higher speed limit values, it said.

Driver 3.0 is able to adapt to the German market faster than its counterparts because the solution has the precise sensing ability to do point-to-point high-level intelligent driving in city sections as well as highway sections based on navigation maps alone without the need to carry high-definition maps, Zhou said.

The overseas versions of the Driver 3.0-based D-Pro and D-Air will have the same hardware configuration as the Chinese versions, with the former being equipped with Nvidia’s Drive Orin chip, the company said.

This article was first published by Phate Zhang on CnEVPost, a website focusing on new energy vehicle news from China.

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