Self-Driv­ing Truck

Beijing Review - - This Week -

A China-made, self-driv­ing truck has passed a nav­i­ga­tion test, herald­ing the era of in­tel­li­gent, au­to­mated heavy ve­hi­cles.

Truck man­u­fac­turer FAW Jiefang pre­sented the self-driv­ing truck at the FAW Tech Cen­ter in Changchun, Jilin Prov­ince. The ve­hi­cle is able to rec­og­nize ob­sta­cles, slow down, make a de­tour and speed up.

It re­acted cor­rectly to traf­fic lights and re­mote com­mands and suc­cess­fully over­took other ve­hi­cles, com­pany sources said.

FAW Jiefang plans to com­mer­cial­ize the in­tel­li­gent driv­ing ve­hi­cle as early as 2018.

Hu Han­jie, the com­pany’s Gen­eral Man­ager, said the firm has built a whole in­dus­try chain part­ner­ship to de­velop, man­u­fac­ture, sell and ser­vice self-driv­ing trucks. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of more firms across the sec­tor will ac­cel­er­ate the use of tech­nol­ogy in heavy-duty ve­hi­cles, Hu said.

Lead­ing Chi­nese tech firms, in­clud­ing Baidu and Ten­cent, have in­vested in self-driv­ing en­ti­ties. Baidu tested driver­less mini cars at the an­nual World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence in the last two years.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers say the tech­nol­ogy may work bet­ter with trucks than pri­vate cars as truck driv­ers are more likely to suf­fer from fa­tigue while driv­ing long dis­tances. The new sys­tem could cut op­er­a­tional costs by re­plac­ing driv­ers.

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