China preps site to test AV tech on highways
China is building its first site to test autonomous vehicles under highway conditions amid a global shift toward technologically advanced and self-driving cars.
State-backed Qilu Transportation Development Group is using a section of an existing highway to create the test site in eastern Shandong province, a company spokesman said.
Construction on the 26-kilometer-long testing site began April 12, and it is expected to start operating in September.
The stretch of highway being converted to a test site has three tunnels, one bridge, three toll-collecting points, and many slopes, Qilu said. In addition, the company will install lidar systems, sensors, weather-monitoring equipment, and intelligent traffic signs for data exchange between test vehicles, the road, and users.
Drivers who formerly used the 26-kilometer (16-mile) section of highway linking the cities of Binzhou and Laiwu in eastern Shandong province will travel on an alternative route.