China continues to lead the way in smart electric cars24. June 2021
CCTV cites figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In May, electric vehicles recorded a market share of more than 10 percent of the total car market. Of those, more than 15 percent have Level 2 autonomous driving assistance systems, said Luo Junjie, a department head at the ministry. Even though there was a slight decline in passenger car sales in the previous year, the number of intelligent vehicles with assistance systems continued to go up.
In total, just over 3 million vehicles with Level 2 or higher autonomous driving capability were sold in 2020. That represents a 107 percent increase over the previous year. These figures were provided by a staff member of the Automotive Industry Division of the Council for the Promotion of International Trade. According to estimates, the market share of vehicles with assistance systems for partially or fully autonomous driving in China will rise to more than 50 percent by 2025, CCTV reports.
Vehicles in China that drive autonomously or with driver monitoring include private-use cars as well as public cabs, buses or vans. In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, which has become a center for testing self-driving vehicles, startup WeRide has developed driverless cars for transporting people as well as buses. Baidu, operator of China’s largest Internet search engine, partnered with state-owned automaker BAIC Group to build 1,000 self-driving cabs over the next three years. After initial field trials in selected cities, they plan to offer the service, called “Robotaxi,” throughout China. The Apollo Moon vehicle used will be produced under BAIC’s ARCFOX e-car brand while Baidu will contribute the autonomous driving system and software.
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