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Idriverplus: building smart autonomous vehicles with Velodyne Lidar technology

Interview with Dr. Zhang Dezhao, CEO of Idriverplus

Founded in 2015, Idriverplus is the first company in China to launch the commercialization of driverless technology. Velodyne Lidar has strategically teamed with Idriverplus to help their efforts for the mass production of commercial autonomous vehicles, which include passenger cars, street cleaners, and logistics vehicles.

Led by CEO Dr. Zhang Dezhao, Idriverplus’ driverless vehicles have accumulated test mileage exceeding 400,000 kilometers, far surpassing other domestic autonomous car manufacturers.

To learn more about Idriverplus and their exciting vision for driverless vehicles, we asked Dr. Zhang to discuss the company’s innovative autonomous driving products and how Velodyne technology factors into their product strategy.

Dr. Zhang Dezhao, CEO of Idriverplus
Q: Idriverplus is an innovator in autonomous vehicles. Please share with our readers some background on your company.

A: Idriverplus is committed to becoming the world’s leading provider of intelligent vehicle technology solutions. We have been focused on developing the “brain” of a self-driving car. Our major R&D achievements have been in unmanned distribution logistics vehicles, unmanned sanitation vehicles, self-driving passenger cars, and more.

Q: Let’s look at each product area for Idriverplus. How is your company addressing logistics and distribution?

A: Our product called WOBIDA applies self-driving technology to the logistics and distribution industry. We created an automatic driving system combined with a cloud platform management system for the intelligence required in the last kilometer of logistics distribution. WOBIDA provides 360-degree whole-process monitoring and real-time information interaction as well as an intelligent storage cabinet for transporting goods. It delivers improved efficiency of logistics distribution and provides users with a safer and better distribution experience.

Q: Please discuss your unmanned street cleaning vehicles and where they are being used now.

A: Our cleaning vehicle is named Viggo. Idriverplus developed this unmanned system for a purely electric solution to intelligently sweep roads. During the cleaning process, Viggo can automatically track and avoid obstacles with stable and reliable performance and monitor real-time vehicle information.

At present, Viggo has been used in universities, factories, parks, an amusement park and city streets. It has been deployed in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hebei, Zhejiang, Henan, Hunan and other provinces and cities with more than 100 units in operation. Additionally, Idriverplus has strategic cooperation partnerships in Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, and other areas in Asia.

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SOURCE: Velodyne Lidar

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