Autonomous Vehicle

China: Startup WeRide begins testing its driverless vehicle

WeRide, a Chinese autonomous vehicle startup, made public on 10th July 2020, that it has started testing fully driverless vehicle in China. The test run of driverless vehicle began on Wednesday on open roads in a selected area of Guangzhou, after seeking permission from city authorities. WeRide also mentioned that its monitoring and control center can take control of vehicles if needed. WeRide is pursuing a level 4 autonomous standard, during which the car can handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention. It said its driverless vehicle testing fleet comprises 10 Lincoln MKZ sedans.

Three-year-old WeRide is backed by Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi.

In China, companies like Toyota-backed Pony.ai, Baidu Inc., and Didi Chuxing are also testing autonomous vehicles, but all with one or two safety staff onboard, to take control in unexpected situations.

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