The check autos use expertise from Daimler’s partner Baidu Apollo, they usually needed to undergo rigorous closed-course testing in Beijing and Hebei earlier than Chinese authorities granted the license. The vehicles will nonetheless have human drivers behind the wheel able to take over if something goes unsuitable. Daimler says Beijing has “unique and complex urban traffic situations” and testing there ought to assist it to enhance its self-driving expertise.
Daimler already has licenses to check automated autos within the US and Germany. China, in the meantime, opened public roads to self-driving automotive trials on the finish of final yr. Until now, authorities had solely allowed a few Chinese companies (together with SAIC, Nio and Baidu) to check autonomous autos in Shanghai and Beijing.