Smart Trucks

Beijing Review - - This Week -

A Chi­nese auto maker has com­pleted the coun­try’s first high­way test of smart-drive func­tions of com­mer­cial heavy-duty trucks.

FAW Jiefang Au­to­mo­tive Co. Ltd., a truck sub­sidiary of FAW Group, China’s lead­ing au­tomaker, said on Oc­to­ber 10 it has tested three Jiefang con­tainer trucks with auto-driv­ing func­tions on a sec­tion of the Changchun-Shen­zhen High­way.

The trucks, which have a load­ing weight of 40 tons, can per­form auto cruis­ing and brak­ing. The Lane Keep­ing As­sist Sys­tem al­lows for hands-free driv­ing.

Hu Han­jie, Gen­eral Man­ager of the com­pany, said smart-driv­ing ve­hi­cles are the fu­ture. The com­pany aims to de­velop a new model with high-pre­ci­sion po­si­tion­ing abil­i­ties by 2018 and make another model based on 5G com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works avail­able for driv­ing by 2020.

By 2025, the com­pany is ex­pected to de­velop its first self-driv­ing truck.

Built in 1956, the com­pany made China’s first do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced truck. Since then, it has pro­duced 6 mil­lion ve­hi­cles. In the first nine months of this year, it sold 198,000 ve­hi­cles, rank­ing first in China.

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