The American Ford and Chinese technology company Baidu announced on Wednesday the launch of a two-year project, under which the companies will jointly test self-driving cars in China. The first tests of cars without a driver will be carried out on routes intended for this purpose in Beijing.
In March Beijing authorities allowed Baidu to test autonomous cars on the streets of the city. The company then announced that trial journeys may be conducted on 33 Beijing roads in the less populated part of the city.
The Chinese authorities aim to reach development level allowing autopilot to take control over the vehicle by 2020 if certain conditions are met, and by 2025 – regardless of the conditions. Autonomous driving was recognized as a priority in the Government’s campaign “Made in China 2025”.