Human Horizons under its HiPhi brand has announced that its all-electric vehicle, known initially by its prototype name, HiPhi 1, will be named the HiPhi X and launched at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.

Defined as part of the new generation of intelligent all-electric vehicles of which edge computing will play a major role, it is based on the Human Oriented Architecture (HOA), which is OTA (over-the-air) upgradable. HiPhi X also features a secure software-developer platform to enable feature and app development.

“(It) is equipped with an advanced, highly-personalized onboard AI assistant, HiPhiGo, which has been developed in collaboration with Microsoft,” Human Horizons said in a release.

“HiPhiGo is highly sensory, with an array of intelligent functions, including a level of reasoning and continuous learning while interacting with its occupants, the surrounding environment and a multitude of vehicle parameters.”

The Shanghai-based company added that the “self-learning smart vehicle has a neural network consisting of six "super brain" domain controllers, connected by 1G Ethernet, which provides a higher transmission rate than traditional Controller Area Networks (CAN).

HiPhi X, it added, is able to analyze massive amounts of information and make decisions utilizing cloud computing with a powerful data analysis engine, which results in a truly intelligent and smart vehicle.

The vehicle, said Human Horizons, will offer Level 3 autonomous driving at launch, which is supported by redundancy in all key safety-related systems.

In addition, HiPhi X will be equipped with rear- and all-wheel drive derivatives and will provide a 0-to-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds. There will also be several battery options, with the largest 96 kWh unit providing a range of at least 610 km (NEDC).

The vehicle is now entering the final phase of development with deliveries to customers expected in 2021.

Paul Barker