Self-Driving Cars Hit The Road In Shenzhen

Now Shenzhen   |   August 4, 2022

August 1st was the day when the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone’s Regulations on the management of intelligent connected vehicles, the country’s first regulation on the management of intelligent connected vehicles, came into effect. This means that Shenzhen has become the first city in China to allow “truly unmanned” self-driving cars on the road, and Shenzhen has also become the first L3-level self-driving town in China.

The morning rush hour in Shenzhen, in the bustling CBD section of traffic, drove a car, the main driver unexpectedly no one and the automatic rotation of the steering wheel is more memorable. This is Yuan Rong Qihang, a local autonomous driving company in Shenzhen conducting a full self-driving road test in Shenzhen.

The road test covered a distance of 21 kilometers, and the vehicle performed well in many complex road scenarios. Fully driverless autonomous cars are poised to navigate narrow, congested two-lane roads, avoiding sudden jaywalkers and electric bikes with loads on the wrong side of the road, causing passers-by to stop and take notice. This road test is also the first road test of fully autonomous driving with the L4 level independent driving preloading scheme after China’s first intelligent connected vehicle management regulations officially came into effect.

It is reported that the autonomous driving system has achieved a breakthrough in its algorithm and engineering capability from the autonomous driving car with a safety officer on duty to the autonomous driving car with no one.

During the road test, the fully autonomous vehicle drove itself according to the speed limit on the road. It “keeps an eye on six roads at sections congested inter,” avoiding electric bikes that run red lights.

This is also an “improvisation” car. On a narrow road, a fully self-driving vehicle came face-to-face with two electric bicycles carrying giant plastic foam while driving the wrong way. Its sensing system recognizes the “anomalies” of surrounding vehicles in advance and adjusts its speed according to retrograde vehicles’ moving direction and speed to pass safely.

Shenzhen, the city of innovation, can take the lead in L3 automatic driving and seize the strategic opportunity of industrial development, which stems from its long-term layout.

In terms of industrial accumulation, Shenzhen has a profound technology accumulation and industrial cluster, gathering a group of leading enterprises such as Huawei, BYD, Yuanrong Qihang, etc., covering three power systems, automatic driving, chips, digital cockpit, and various sensors and other fields.

Landing tests for autonomous driving have also been carried out in Shenzhen. As of March this year, Shenzhen had opened 145 kilometers of road for intelligent connected vehicles testing, and 493 licenses for road testing and demonstration applications had been issued. The world’s first large-scale application port for 5G+ autonomous driving has also been launched in Shenzhen. In Nanshan, Futian, Pingshan, and other significant areas, robotaxis, autonomous minibusses, and low-speed autonomous vehicles have been tested.

Shenzhen is the first city in China to open L3 level automatic driving entirely. “Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Intelligent Connected Vehicle Management Regulations” will answer the core problems plaguing the L3 group and even higher level automated driving but also create a policy model for landing L3 level automatic driving later and accelerate the development process of intuitive driving.