By the end of October, self-driving vehicles had covered over 2 million km of road during test drives in Beijing, according to the Beijing Innovation Center for Mobility Intelligent. Currently, 87 car models made by 14 companies, including Baidu, Weilai and Daimler, have obtained temporary licenses for self-driving road tests.
Beijing now has 200 testing roads for self-driving cars, including 700km in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone and districts of Haidian, Shunyi and Fangshan. In September, Hefei (a city in Anhui province) hit the news as it became the first 5G lane for autonomous driving vehicles.
More and more of China’s top automobile or navigation companies are investing in self-driving cars. In September, Geely and Mobileye partnered to develop a new self-driving electric vehicle. Baidu has also trialled its self-driving taxi service “Apollo Go” in Beijing with 40 autonomous cabs in operation over a total area of 700km.