Haomo opens China’s largest AV computing centre

  • January 18, 2023
  • William Payne

Chinese AV AI specialist Haomo has partnered TikTok parent ByteDance to open China’s largest autonomous driving computing centre. The new centre is designed to provide completely autonomous 4D labelling of video, cutting cost and time to production of AI models for autonomous driving.

The MANA OASIS centre is the result of a partnership between Haomo and Volcano Engine, a cloud service platform owned by ByteDance. MANA OASIS has a total computing power of 670 PFLOPS. According to Haomo, this is higher than any other similar facility in China.

With the opening of the new centre, Haomo has updated its five AI models for developing autonomous driving. These are: its visual self-monitoring model; 3D rebuilding model; multi-modal mutual supervision model; dynamic environment model; and driver self-supervision model.

According to Haomo, the company’s new visual self-monitoring model is able to label 4D video clips completely automatically, and reduces manual labelling cost by 98%. The 3D rebuilding model builds on the NeRF technology to generate highly realistic data by changing the angle of view, illumination and texture materials. This will allow Haomo to gain data on corner cases, which could be very expensive to acquire otherwise and reducing the rate of wrong perception by 30%.

The multi-modal mutual supervision model helps a vehicle to recognise barriers with abnormal sizes, while the dynamic environment model keeps the vehicle always on the right path and the driver self-supervision model learns from experienced drivers and allows the vehicle to make smarter decisions about how to drive.

In the first half of 2024, Haomo plans to apply its autonomous driving solution HPilot in 100 cities in China.

“With abundant data and computing power enabled by MANA OASIS, Haomo’s product capability will be even stronger, steering the company into the era of autonomous driving 3.0,” said Gu Weihao, CEO of Haomo. Autonomous driving 3.0 is defined by the company as an era of data-driven AD, with 2.0 software-driven and 1.0 hardware-driven.

“We are honoured to reach in-depth cooperation with Haomo in the field of intelligent driving computing centre,” said Tan Dai, president of Volcano Engine. “We will jointly promote the leap-forward development of intelligent training platform in the autonomous driving industry, and accelerate the commercialisation of autonomous driving technology.”