Chinese autonomous car maker AutoX said it started To test Fully self-driving cars in Shenzhen, China, and the advantage of these cars is that they do not need the presence of any driver to intervene when necessary.
The company, which is backed by the Alibaba Group, said on Thursday that it was the first time that fully self-driving cars had driven on the streets of China.
In the past, many projects were launched for the so-called automated taxis in Chinese cities, but these vehicles required the presence of a driver to lead in emergencies, or a person driving them remotely.
AutoX said in a statement: Street tests for driverless cars, which were aimed at determining how the vehicles operate in different road conditions, were conducted over the six months.
“Joel Lee, Chief Operating Officer of AutoX” told CNBC: CNBC America: More than 100 automated taxis are currently being tested in Chinese cities, and 25 of them are fully self-driving cars in Shenzhen.
The company’s CEO (Jianshang Shao) explained that fully autonomous taxis are not yet available to the public. It is only available to company employees and special guests such as: media, business partners, investors, and automakers.
Lee said the next step might be to increase the number of cars, the size of the test area, as well as take the test in more cities. She added, “We have a plan to expand the test in the next six months to include 10 cities worldwide.”
(Lee) said: It is most likely one of those cities in Southeast Asia, but she did not specify the city. She added, “We are excited about the Southeast Asian market and believe it will be the next developing market.”
Lee pointed out that AutoX has an advantage in Southeast Asia compared to other autonomous driving systems that are being developed and tested in the West. Because the streets in Asia are very similar to those in China.
It is also noteworthy that AutoX has launched a pilot self-driving service in Shanghai, and has a permit to test self-driving cars that operate without driver safety in parts of San Jose, California, USA.