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.