Baidu snags license to test self-driving vehicles
The capital of central China’s Hubei province granted licenses for companies to test self-driving vehicles.
Internet giant Baidu received a license for five of its self-driving cars, while Shenzhen Haylion Technologies and DeepBlue Technology Shanghai will each test autonomous buses.
China has ambitious plans for developing its transportation sector, including a possible target of having 60 percent of all automobiles sold in the country run on electric motors by 2035.
On the autonomous side, the State Council has emphasized a need to develop the technology and a comprehensive supply chain.
Shanghai last week announced plans for limited testing of driverless vehicles, following Changsha and Guangzhou. The city awarded licenses to SAIC Motor, BMW Group and ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing.