Pony.ai debuts its latest self-driving system: PonyAlpha. The release of PonyAlpha marks a significant milestone for China’s autonomous driving industry. PonyAlpha, a full-stack self-driving solution, has achieved levels of stability and performance capable of sustaining a consumer ride-hailing fleet, which has been expanding steadily in Guangzhou since February this year.
PonyAlpha features improvements across hardware and software from Pony.ai’s earlier generation prototype vehicles. In terms of hardware, the new system includes increased sensor coverage provided by additional LiDARs, radars, and cameras. In order to support these additional sensors, PonyAlpha also features a more highly optimized hardware platform, resulting in a tightly integrated full-stack system. This sensor suite and configuration is a product of extensive testing across varied US and China environments. Altogether, the full sensor suite can see distances of roughly 200 meters, enabling a wider variety of driving scenarios at even greater speeds.
The change in PonyAlpha’s algorithms comes from its deep and adaptive sensor fusion module. Due to the multi-sensor approach (LiDAR, radar, camera). Pony.ai’s sensor fusion technology is able to intelligently use the most reliable sensor data depending on different environmental or driving scenarios. In addition to rolling out PonyAlpha, the Pony.ai team has been working on several other critical fleet capabilities: the Pony.ai Vehicle Control Center and its in-vehicle interface PonyHI (Pony Human Interface). The Pony.ai Vehicle Control Center enables centralized management, tracking, and dispatching of all vehicles in its fleet.