China Made Progress on Self-driving Vehicles
China made progress on self-driving vehicles. Following the test run of Alphabus smart bus on a public road in Shenzhen earlier in December, Beijing traffic authorities have given the green light for road tests of self-driving cars in an effort to foster the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for mobility.
On December 2nd, four Alphabus smart buses made the inaugural trial run on a route of 1.2 kilometres in Shenzhen. They ran at 10-30 km per hour and halted at three stops during the test. Limited self-driving technology is used, with a driver sitting behind the wheels, ready to take charge in an emergency.
The Alphabus smart system could respond to other road users and emergencies, could automatically spot pedestrians and vehicles, halt at regular bus stops, lower speed to avoid other road users, stops in an emergency, and sidestep obstacles.
Later on, in mid-December, Beijing traffic authorities gave the green light for road tests of self-driving cars, which only opens to entities registered in China, according to the Beijing municipal commission of transport.
The vehicle should be able to switch between self-driving and conventional modes and be equipped with sensors and cameras so its driving behaviour and position can be monitored.
The car should pass a technical assessment at a training ground before being allowed on open roads. There are designated roads and hours for the test drive. A driver is required, and the driver will be held responsible if accidents occur.
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