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Drone maker DJI’s auto unit to supply BYD with assisted driving system, report says

The first BYD model to be equipped with DJI Automotive's assisted driving solution is the Sea Lion, an all-electric SUV expected to go on sale within the year, according to local media.

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BYD (OTCMKTS: BYDDY) will use the assisted driving solution provided by DJI Automotive, the automotive division of local drone maker DJI, on some of its models, according to a report by 36kr today.

The first BYD model to feature DJI Automotive's solution is the yet-to-be-released Sea Lion, the report said, citing a person familiar with the matter, adding that their partnership involves a city NOA (Navigate on Autopilot) feature that doesn't rely on high precision maps.

The Sea Lion is an all-electric SUV in BYD's Ocean series, which is expected to go on sale within the year, the report said.

On July 28, 2022, Auto Home reported that BYD was building an SUV called Sea Lion, which could compete with 's Model Y.

The BYD Sea Lion has a sharp, sporty front end, Auto Home said, citing spy photos they obtained of the model.

DJI announced its automotive business, DJI Automotive, in April 2021 and said at the time that it had been in the auto parts business for five years.

In September 2022, SAIC-GM-Wuling launched the 2023 Baojun KiWi EV, with one version featuring DJI's smart driving system, the first time the system has been used in a production vehicle.

The DJI Automotive team, which currently numbers around 1,300 people, has previously partnered with SAIC-GM-Wuling and Volkswagen China, the 36kr report said, adding that its partnership with BYD is expected to open up the market further in terms of mass production of smart driving systems.

For BYD, the Sea Lion needs to have a strong intelligent configuration, or at least the shortcomings can't be too obvious, to be competitive, of which high-level assisted driving features are essential, 36kr's report said.

Although DJI Automotive has a low profile in China's electric vehicle industry, especially compared to Huawei, the company has had a number of achievements in assisted driving systems.

On April 2, DJI Automotive unveiled its next-generation smart driving solution at the China EV 100 Forum, which enables L2+ assisted driving functions including city NOA with as low as 32 TOPS of computing power without the need for high precision maps or LiDARs.

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The pure vision-assisted driving system also supports the addition of millimeter wave radars, ultrasonic radars, LiDARs, and high-precision maps to enhance the safety redundancy of the system, it said.

The solution provides both low-threshold access to high-level smart features for budget models and an advanced technology experience for mid- to high-end models, DJI Automotive said.

The solution is now in a usable state and is actively advancing mass production with partner car companies, DJI Automotive said on April 2.

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