How China’s new highway for self-driving cars will boost its AV ambitions


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China has its eyes set on making self-driving cars mainstream. In order to boost its position as a leader in this sector, the country is building a 100 km long highway with dedicated lanes for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles (AVs).

According to a report by FutureCar, this freeway will connect Beijing and the Xiongan New Area in Hebei province, and will be operational by 2020. It will have smart sensors along the self-driving car lanes, and a smart-toll facility for easier payment. The highway will have a speed limit of 62 to 74 mph.

A report suggests that by 2020, half of the new cars in China will have some self-driving functions, and developments like self-driving lanes will certainly encourage popularity. China has also set the target of installing C-V2X (Vehicle to Anything) sensors in 90 percent of the country by 2020.

Last year, the country laid out rules for testing self-driving cars in the country. While most companies had to experiment with autonomous vehicles in designated areas, Chinese search giant Baidu got permission to try out self-driving cars on city streets. Other local tech companies like Tencent and Alibaba are also working on platforms.