The Shenzhen-based AutoX Company that builds hardware and software integrated technology for autonomous vehicles and a four-year start-up backed by Alibaba, MediaTek, and Shanghai Motors, is rolling out a fleet of 25 unmanned automobiles to the city of Shenzhen, marking that it is the first time that an autonomous driving car in China is tested without a safety driver or remote operator on public highways.
In a statement, the AutoX representative said that we have obtained support from the local administration and Shenzhen is making a lot of rapid progress on legislation for self-driving automotive.
However, it is also said that China wants to put its intelligent driving industry on the same footing as the United States (U.S) cities from Shenzhen to Shanghai are competing to attract self-driving companies by removing regulatory barriers, promoting subsidies as well as building 5G infrastructures.
Additionally, the AutoX business has raised 160 million dollars so far and its competitors are also forcefully accumulating their autonomous algorithms while banking sizable investments to fund R&D along with pilot tests.
Moreover, the decision or purpose to remove drivers from the front and operators from a remote seems a bold decision in one of the most populated cities in China.
Furthermore, the self-driving company ‘AutoX’ equips its automobiles with its proprietary vehicle control unit called XCU, which it says has a faster processing speed and more computational capability to grasp complex roads and scenarios in the Chinese cities. Plus, the XCU offers multiple layers of redundancy to handle this kind of situation.
Lastly, autonomous or self-driving companies are working closely with traditional car manufacturers to make their automobiles smarter and more suitable for future transportation.