Along a four-kilometer (2.5-mile) road in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, the autonomous bus travels back and forth, stops, overrides previous obstacles, accelerating and decelerating, based on the information it constantly receives from its surroundings, by integrating sensors, cameras, and radars that speak to the vehicle, And on the road, traffic lights, street signs and other infrastructure.
The site, which is used by telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies and its partners, is part of China‘s first national project for intelligent and connected vehicles.
China wants to make traffic more smooth and safer, while ensuring local companies like Huawei take advantage of the huge opportunity to supply the infrastructure. According to what was reported by “Bloomberg” and seen by “Al Arabiya.net”.
“Autonomous driving is an irresistible trend, but any isolated car alone cannot overcome obstacles,” said Jiang Wangqing, head of Huawei’s information and communication technology division. “The only solution is to get more information from the roads.”
The vehicle, codenamed X-Bus, is connected to a transmission control network that sees and decides everything that happens on the test route. Two-way communication: The bus is constantly sending information to the network and can make requests such as proper traffic lights to help it stay on schedule.
Instead of making its own smart car – the billionaire founder, Ren Zhengfei, and other senior executives said that’s not the goal – Huawei wants to provide the communication equipment and software needed for the smart vehicle revolution.
China, the world‘s largest auto market, wants smart vehicles with at least some automation to account for more than 50 percent of new car sales by 2025, according to the National Technology Roadmap laid out in November.
The plan also emphasized the need for infrastructure that would allow vehicles to communicate with the Internet and each other.
Increasing safety is the focus – one person is currently killed in a traffic accident in China every eight minutes. With its technology, Huawei aims to provide vehicles, drivers, pedestrians and other road users more accurate, real-time information about traffic, weather conditions and potential hazards.