Shenzhen, the southern coastal Chinese city that is home to some of the world’s biggest technology companies, is heating up the global race for autonomous driving as the site for the country’s first trial of self-driving buses on public roads.
Public transit operator Shenzhen Bus Group has started testing four self-driving buses, equipped with software and sensors from Chinese firm Haylion Technologies, on a 1.2km loop in the city’s Futian district.
The aim is to collect more on-road data to refine its software, according to Joseph Ma, deputy general manager at Shenzhen Bus. The company is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Transport International Holdings, formerly known as The Kowloon Motor Bus Holdings.
Shenzhen Bus has made its foray into the autonomous market amid China’s bid to become a leader in this technology.
China, the world’s biggest vehicle market, has targeted up to 20 per cent of its cars on the road to be highly …