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PHOTOS: Chinese Driverless cars begin long-distance road test


Two driverless cars produced by Chang’an Automobile in ‪#‎China‬ started a 2,000-km test drive from ‪#‎Chongqing‬ to ‪#‎Beijing‬ on Tuesday.

Li Yusheng, engineer-in-chief of Chang’an Automobile Engineering & Research Institute, said the drive will help test their functions in diverse conditions.

“The vehicles have performed well in uncomplicated road conditions, such as urban driveways and highways, but they still need the help of a driver to navigate them in places like gas stations and toll booths,” said Li.

“We want to improve the vehicles’ sensors and processing technology, and then to prepare models for mass production,” said Tan Benhong, deputy director of the institute.

Chang’an is aiming to put driverless cars into commercial use in 2018.

Worldwide, at least 18 companies are developing autonomous cars, including ‪#‎BMW‬, ‪#‎Audi‬ and ‪#‎Toyota‬. China’s contenders include auto makers BAIC group, GAC Group, SAIC Motor, Chang’an and BYD. See More Photos Below:12963845_1139913596060456_2499026230074294871_n 13010696_1139913592727123_881250553374051994_n 12974324_1139913629393786_3851304759589255360_n

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