Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Idriverplus has become the latest company to get the permit from the Chinese Government to test their driverless vehicles in Beijing. Till now seven companies including Baidu, Tencent, and Didi have been granted ‘T3’ licenses. The permit allows the companies to conduct tests on 44 designated roads spanning around 120 kilometers within the city.
According to TechNode the Beijing government has designated five levels for the pilot licenses, ranging from T1 to T5, and has been issuing temporary licenses having a validity period of 3 months, since March last year. Till now, city governments have issued more than 100 licenses in 14 cities around the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chongqing. The motive behind this exercise is to catch up to the US regarding public road testing and establish China as the leading country in the field of autonomous vehicles.