Grand Entrance: Human Horizons Unveils Smart GT Built on NVIDIA DRIVE Orin

The grand tourer HiPhi Z sports autonomous driving capabilities and an AI cockpit to transform the performance-vehicle category.
by Katie Burke

Touring vehicles just became a little more grand.

Electric vehicle maker Human Horizons provided a detailed glimpse earlier this month of its latest production model, the GT HiPhi Z. The intelligent EV is poised to redefine the grand tourer category with innovative, software-defined capabilities that bring luxurious cruising to the next level.

The vehicle’s marquee features include an in-vehicle AI assistant and autonomous driving system powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin.

The GT badge first appeared on vehicles in the mid-20th century, denoting smooth performance with a roomy interior for longer joy rides. Since then, the segment has diversified, with varied takes on horsepower and body design.

The HiPhi Z further iterates on the vehicle type, emphasizing smart performance and a convenient, comfortable in-cabin experience.

Smooth Sailing

An EV designed to be driven, the GT HiPhi Z also incorporates robust advanced driver assistance features that can give humans a break on longer trips.

The HiPhi Pilot ADAS platform provides dual redundancy for computing, perception, communication, braking, steering and power supply. It uses the high-performance AI compute of NVIDIA DRIVE Orin and 34 sensors to perform assisted driving and parking, as well as smart summon, which transports the car autonomously to the driver with the touch of an app.

DRIVE Orin is designed to handle the large number of applications and deep neural networks running simultaneously for autonomous driving capabilities. It’s architected to achieve systematic safety standards such as the ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

With this high level of performance at its core, the HiPhi Pilot system delivers seamless automated features that remove the stress from driving.

Intelligent Interior

Staying true to its GT DNA, the HiPhi Z sports a luxurious interior that delivers effortless comfort for both the driver and passengers.

The cabin includes suede bucket seats, ambient panel lights and a 23-speaker audio system for an immersive sensory environment.

It’s also intelligent, with the HiPhi Bot AI companion that can automatically adjust aspects of the vehicle experience. The AI assistant uses a vehicle-grade, adjustable, high-speed motion robotic arm to interact with passengers. It can move back and forth in less than a second, with control accuracy of up to 0.001 millimeters, performing a variety of delicate movements seamlessly.

The GT HiPhi Z is currently on display in Shenzen, China, and will tour nearly a dozen other cities. Human Horizons plans to release details of the full launch at the Chengdu Auto Show in August.