Daimler gets green light for self-driving vehicle tests in Beijing

Beijing has given the owner of the Mercedes bran a permit for highly automated driving

Reuters July 08, 2018
Daimler gets green light for self-driving vehicle tests in Beijing. Friday, July 06, 2018 3:36 a.m. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING: China’s capital city has given the green light to German automaker Daimler AG to test self-driving cars on real roads, making it the first international car maker to be granted such a license in Beijing, the company said on Friday.

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Beijing has given Daimler, owner of the Mercedes brand, a permit for highly automated driving (level 4) test area road use in the capital city after extensive close-course testing, the company said in a statement.

China has issued licenses allowing self-driving vehicles to be road tested to several automakers this year in Shanghai and Beijing, including Shanghai-based SAIC Motor, electric vehicle start-up NIO and tech giant Baidu.

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To qualify for the license, the company said Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with additional technical applications from Baidu Apollo undertook extensive testing in Beijing and Hebei for intelligent mobility.


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