Audi gets license to test autonomous vehicles in China
Audi received approval from the Chinese government to test autonomous driving vehicles on public roads in the country.
The manufacturer is conducting tests of the functions of intelligent and connected vehicles, in collaboration with Huawei Technologies and China Mobile in Wuxi, in the province of Jiangsu, where the exhibition "World of Things Exposition 2018" is taking place.
These tests are an important basis for autonomous driving around the world, said Audi in a statement.
"Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure functions expand the technological base, enabling us to offer autonomous driving in China in the future," said Alexander Pesch, head of automated driving at Audi China.
The German company has decided to launch a development and testing center in Wuxi by the first quarter of 2019, where around 150 employees will support the tests for autonomous driving.
"As the smart city of tomorrow, Wuxi offers us optimal conditions - for example, a large public road network with connected infrastructure," said Saad Metz, head of technical development at Audi China.
"Together with our local high-tech development partners, we take the next step toward self-driving cars and adapt them to local requirements."
To this end, Audi is also working closely with a local company, Horizon Robotics.
Together, the two companies equipped test cars with hardware and software licenses for autonomous driving.