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China planning 120km test drive for autonomous vehicles in 2013; 2,400 km test to come
19 October 2012
The vehicles are designed to perceive their environment, process it and respond accordingly with the help of GPS, ultrasonic radar and a variety of sensors.
In addition to the 2013 test, the vehicles are scheduled to undergo a longer test drive from Beijing to the city of Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong Province, located some 2,400 km away, sources from the foundation said at a Thursday press conference.
The development of unmanned automobiles is part of a major research project on the cognition and calculation of visual and audio information that was initiated by the foundation in 2008. Zheng Nanning, head of an expert panel for the project, said the country’s research in unmanned automobiles, despite seeing a series of technological breakthroughs, still lags behind the global level.
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