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Four self-driving buses begin trial operation in southern China - Xinhua

December 02, 2017, 13:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The smart buses began running on a 1.2-kilometer route with three stops in the bonded zone of Futian

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MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. Four self-driving buses began trial operations Saturday in south China's Shenzhen, a city known for its high concentration of hi-tech companies, China’s Xinhua reported.

"The smart buses, which are smaller than an ordinary bus, began running on a 1.2-kilometer route with three stops in the bonded zone of Futian," the agency said. "The buses have a designed speed of 10 to 30 km/h. Equipped with lidar censors, cameras, and GPS antenna, the buses can avoid hitting pedestrians, vehicles and barriers, safely change lanes and stop at designated sites."

"The buses will have a driver who can manually brake or change the vehicle from self-driving to manual mode in case of emergency," the news agency added. "The project was jointly developed by the National Intelligent Transport Systems Center of Engineering and Technology and Shenzhen Bus Group."

On November 16, CEO and Chairman of China’s Internet giant Baidu Robin Li said the company would start the production and trial operation of self-driving vehicles in mid-2018 in collaboration with Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co.

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