Daimler receives approval for the test of self-driving vehicles in Beijing7. August 2018
As first international automaker Daimler receives clearance to test self-driving vehicles on public roads by the government in Beijing. The Group was granted the permission to test self-driving vehicles of the so-called Level 4 (without driver intervention).
The permission was issued after a detailed test on a closed off testing area. The Chinese authorities have already issued permissions for three Chinese companies in Shanghai and Beijing this year, SAIC Motors, electric vehicle startup NIO and technology company Baidu Inc. In order to apply for a license, Mercedes-Benz equipped its vehicles with additional technical equipment from Baidu Apollo. The latter were tested already in advance in Beijing and Hebei province road traffic for their functionality and performance.
Urban traffic is one of the biggest challenges for self-driving vehicles. With the approval for testing in Beijing, Mercedes-Benz can now refine and optimize its technology. The traffic conditions in Beijing are worldwide known for its complexity and uniqueness and offer the best conditions for autonomous cars to be tested under real circumstances.
Prior to the introduction and the test run, Daimler intensified its research activities in the field of autonomous cars and expanded its cooperation with local partners. These efforts would now be rewarded, said Prof. Dr. med. Hans Georg Engel, Research and Development Manager at Daimler China. He also said that, supported by the excellent local partners, the carmaker will be able to provide solid and innovative research in China in the future.
Together with its local partner Baidu and their open source technology platform Apollo, Daimler is working on the development of self-driving vehicles in China. In addition, a joint research center for sustainable transportation solutions was founded in 2012 together with the renowned Tsinghua University.
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