The First Driverless City in The World Could Be in China
Perhaps everyone reading this article knows that driverless cars are just about ready to be a reality, and every major automobile company is stepping into the game. It is even possible that some of them will soon be functioning in Singapore.
But while some developers work on their own projects separately and have driverless vehicles operating on a small scale, Wuhu, a western Chinese city wants to become the first city ever to completely embrace driverless vehicles.
Wuhu has a complete 5-year plan that will slowly introduce cars, vans, and buses autonomously driving around.
In the first phase, all vehicles will roam around the city without any passengers until the driving control is rigorously refined and almost every street is scanned into the vehicle’s hard drive.
Three years after the passenger less test drives, a certain number of the three million Wuhu habitants will start to use the service.
With five years completed, there are hopes for the city of Wuhu to be the first to open all its streets to driverless vehicles and embrace the mix with human-driven cars.
The ambitious goal of having a completely autonomous city is promoted by Baidu, a sort of Chinese Google, and the local government.
Reaching this goal means the city will be a proud example of using transportation efficiently.
Wang Jing, leader of Baidu’s driverless car project, said: “We are trying to give the experience and data to the central government so they can see the benefit and that will make it easier for us to push to other cities in China.” He added, “We hope it will be a starting point that lets us take it to other countries.”
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