October 22, 2012 by Joey Wang
Chinese unmanned automobiles will embark on a test drive from Beijing to its neighboring city of Tianjin next year, covering a linear distance of some 120 km, according to the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC).
Without an onboard human presence, the vehicles are designed to perceive their environment, process it and respond accordingly with the help of GPS, ultrasonic radar and a variety of sensors.
October 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Interesting news here. In a general article on scientific cooperation between companies and the Chinese army sat one paragraph that attracted our attention immediately:
[quote] With the cooperation of China’s First Auto Works, a civilian automobile manufacturer, the NUDT research team believes commercial driverless cars will soon be seen on the roads in China. [unquote]
FAW is First Auto Works, parent of Hongqi and joint venture partner of Volkswagen, Toyota, Mazda and GM. NUDT is the National University of Defense Technology, involved in developing everything from handguns to nuclear submarines. An interesting pair indeed to develop such a vehicle. The article doesn’t say anything else about the project but we will try to keep a close eye on developments. The rest of the story is quite interesting as well, see below: