Haomo, an autonomous driving start-up, has partnered with Volcan Engine – a cloud service platform owned by ByteDance – on Mana Oasis, a new autonomous driving computer center based in China.

At launch, the center will offer a total computing power of 670 PFLOPS, equivalent to 670 quadrillion floating-point operations per second. In leveraging this power, the companies are aiming to simulate 3D driving environments more accurately while reducing the rate at which system errors occur.

In addition to supporting the advancement of new AV solutions, Mana Oasis will facilitate updates to Haomo’s five models for developing autonomous driving systems. These include the start-up’s visual self-monitoring model, 3D rebuilding model, multi-modal mutual supervision model, dynamic environment model, and the driver self-supervision model.

The visual self-monitoring model enables automatic labeling of 4D video clips, greatly reducing the costs involved in manual labeling. The 3D rebuilding model leverages NeRF (Neural Radiance Fields) technology to generate more realistic data by changing the angle of view, illumination, and texture materials. This technique allows Haomo to efficiently gather data on corner cases, which can be expensive to acquire through alternative methods, and reduce the rate of incorrect perception by around 30%.

The multi-modal mutual supervision model helps vehicles recognize barriers with abnormal sizes, the dynamic environment model ensures the vehicle remains on the right path, and the driver self-supervision model learns from experienced drivers to inform the vehicle’s decision-making capabilities when driving independently of the user.