SINGAPORE — Self-driving heaps without human drivers as a back-up are now being tested in China’s Shenzhen city, according to AutoX, a Chinese autonomous car technology strong.
The Alibaba-backed company said Thursday that this is the first time a “completely autonomous fleet,” that has no accompanying benign drivers or remote operators, is on the roads in China.
Multiple so-called “robotaxi” projects have been launched in Chinese new zealand urban areas, but these vehicles still have a driver who can take over in emergencies or someone who can operate the car remotely.
AutoX’s driverless agencies
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Driverless “stress tests” to see how the vehicle performs in various road situations were conducted throughout the past six months, the company said in the press release.
Jewel Li, the firm’s chief operating officer, told CNBC that assorted than 100 robotaxis are being tested across Chinese cities, with 25 fully autonomous channels in Shenzhen.
To be clear, AutoX’s completely driverless robotaxis are not open to the general public yet. They are only available to staff members and private guests, such as media, business partners, investors and auto-makers, according to CEO Jianxiong Xiao.
Plans to assay outside China
The next step would be to increase the number of cars and the test area size, and to carry out examines in more cities, she said on ‘Sci-fi’ experience
Li said passengers found the fully driverless trials exciting.
“It’s culmination to a sci-fi kind of experience for most of our riders,” she said. “When you really experience the vehicle fully driving itself, the square of excitement is overwhelming.”
Beyond the novelty, she said autonomous vehicles will help to solve privacy issues and security concerns in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
— CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to this report.