China showcases world’s first AI-powered driverless car that can drift on snow and ice

It's genuinely impressive
  • Geely unveiled an AI-powered car that can drift
  • It uses a new type of chassis, which Geely calls a ‘digital chassis’
  • Geely also owns Volvo, Polestar and Lotus

Published on Apr 17, 2024 at 6:46PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 18, 2024 at 6:49PM (UTC+4)

Édité par Tom Wood

Chinese automaker Geely has launched the world’s first AI-powered car.

It can drive itself, and that’s impressive, but that’s not the best thing about it.

The wildest feature it comes with is the ability to drift.

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Geely is one of the largest automotive conglomerates in China, along with BYD, and it owns Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus.

It also produces its own Geely-branded cars, including a Cybertruck rival called the ‘Radar RD6’.

The latest car – unveiled with a video that was published on China’s main social network Weibo – is truly mind-blowing.

Geely says the AI-powered car uses the world’s ‘first driverless drifting technology’, and it can drift on ice and snow in self-driving mode.

According to the automaker, the car’s fully unmanned autonomous driving abilities are comparable to the performance of a professional race car driver.

And how does it do that? According to Geely, it’s largely due to its clever chassis.

They call it a ‘digital’ chassis, and it is an advanced type of chassis that can sense and predict the state of the vehicle in real-time, and adjust accordingly in a matter of milliseconds.

AI is on the rise, but so far we’ve usually only seen what it can do when it comes to robots (with mixed results) or chatbots.

By contrast, we’ve rarely seen it in action on a car because self-driving cars are already available, but with caveats.

There are self-driving Uber-style taxi services such as Waymo, and obviously, there’s self-driving tech such as Tesla’s FSD.

But in both cases, there are legal, practical, and technical limits.

As for Geely’s drift car, well, it looks like a marketing stunt more than anything else at this point.

But as far as marketing goes, it’s pretty impressive.

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