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The future of mobility is becoming reality – with self-driving buses in China

24. January 2019

Baidu, previously known as the operator of the largest search engine in China, is becoming a technology group and a pioneer in autonomous driving. Self-driving buses were developed with the bus manufacturer King Long United Automotive Industry Co. and recently presented at the Baidu AI Developer Forum in Beijing. The vehicles will be used in a commercial demonstration project at Longlingshan Park in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province.

The buses will operate within a radius of 5 kilometers and a speed of 15 km/ h, a safety officer will be available in each bus for a possible emergency. They are equipped with technology for autonomous driving of the so-called Level 4. That means under specified conditions, the buses drive independently and without any intervention by a driver, also there is no steering wheel or cockpit.


Self-driving buses in China


Already in July, Baidu had announced that the first 100 self-driving buses were already produced. In addition to the test site in China, in the future the vehicles will be on the road in cities such as Beijing, Xiongan, Shenzhen and Tokyo, said CEO Robin Li Yanhong during the Baidu AI Developer Forum in Beijing. Self-driving vehicles are an integral part of Baidu’s strategy to become a major player in artificial intelligence. This approach is also in line with the announcement by the Chinese government to become the world leader in this area. For this reason, the Beijing-based company Baidu was also given the leading role last year to promote China’s efforts for autonomous driving. If you plan to export products to China for your local market, many products must be CCC certified. We are glad to advise you regarding the China CCC certification.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
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