The pilot area is the first open road test field for driverless vehicles
All the citizens of a city moving with vehicles without a driver. If only a few years ago it seemed like science fiction, now this vision is increasingly real. In fact, Chongqing has opened the first 5G-enabled pilot area in China to test autonomous vehicles in a suburban area of the southwestern city of China.
The pilot zone is the first open road test field for driverless vehicles, a fundamental step in the development of technology and its ability to navigate in real driving scenarios. This permit comes after the city governments have allowed more and more companies to test AV on public roads over the years.
To support the development of this technology, numerous local governments, including Guangzhou and Changsha, have perfected the regulations to allow AV companies to transport passengers and test vehicles on highways.
Local car manufacturer Chang’an is the first to drive its driverless vehicles
However, one of the fundamental technologies for autonomous driving should not be forgotten: 5G. Chongqing 5G networks cover a total area of only 4.3 kilometers in the north of the city, where the local car manufacturer Chang’an is the first to drive its driverless vehicles. Reportedly, Chang’an is working on various functions for his autonomous level 4 cars, including robots and automated parking.
The automaker, however, has already partnered with FAW and Dongfeng Motors to launch a new platform, which began operating in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing last week. Chongqing is one of the first 18 Chinese cities authorized to build 5G mobile pilot networks with the country’s three mobile telephony operators along with Guangzhou, Nanjing and Wuhan.
About 200 kilometers of state and urban roads with 5G connections are under construction in the city
Changsha, a city in central Hunan province, built 21 base stations late last year in collaboration with Huawei and China Mobile to equip the city’s closed pilot area with 5G networks for autonomous tests in its new Xiangjiang area.
About 200 kilometers of state and urban roads with 5G connections are under construction in the city and should be completed in September.
The implementation of high-speed, low-latency 5G networks allows autonomous driving cars to more accurately process information on the surrounding environments, supporting the development of autonomous car driving services in the country.
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