The giant of passenger transport Didi Chuxing (DiDi), you are testing the travel service without conductor in the roads designated in the eastern metropolis of Shanghai for this purpose.
The users that have been registered in advance in the mobile app of DiDi can take a autonomous vehicle for a free ride, provided your departure and arrival points are within roads designated from 53.6 km in the district Jiading of Shanghai.
“Now in the Jiading district, there are two autonomous driving experiment zones, covering more than 50 kilometers of road area. Now we are conducting driving tests with passengers ”, said Zhang Bo, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Didi Chuxing.
DiDi said that security personnel have been deployed in the autonomous vehicles to respond to emergencies and take the wheel if necessary. In addition, it has established a security center to monitor the operational status of the vehicle and provide remote assistance when necessary.
Zhang He stressed that the company will begin by assigning orders to human drivers and robotic, since the autonomous vehicles they can only work in certain areas.
- Furthermore, in consideration of the various traffic conditions, Didi he also made some preparations.
“Traffic lights on the side of the road can help notice cars through VPS (Virtual Private Server) to navigate better before the lights turn red to green in 10 seconds. Sometimes the vision of the driverless car can also be affected by a bigger truck up front and the traffic lights here can have a positive influence. ” Didi Chuxing’s chief technology officer said.
The company He said they are cutting overall costs, but for now, deploying a taxi equipped with all these sensors and cameras would cost more than 14 thousand dollars. Big investments would be needed before people can see these cars on the city highway everywhere.
- Jiading launched a pilot zone to smart vehicles connected in 2016. So far, you have realized the full coverage of 5G signals in 53.6 km of open roads where they are tested smart vehicles.
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