Beijing's Haidian to open pilot area for self-driving cars

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Beijing will open a pilot area for self-driving cars in its northern Haidian district.

The parameters of the area will be drawn inside Zhongguancun Environmental Protection Technology Demonstration Park, and have a total size of 100 square kilometers along Beiqing Road.

As part of a demonstration zone for intelligent transportation application, the pilot area will feature more than open roads, but also facilities connecting the autonomous vehicles to real-life scenarios. 

The demonstration zone will cover more than 500 square kilometers in Haidian district, according to a whitepaper on Beijing's intelligently connected vehicles industry issued in 2018. 

To support the pilot area, the park is moving to make improvements on three fronts: First, it will renovate the roads and install more roadside facilities, signs, and networks. Second, it will set up different scenarios for the application of the vehicles. Third, it will attract businesses related to self-driving technologies to open offices in the demonstration zone. 

Already, a number of companies are in talks to take part. China's e-commerce giant is planning to establish Beijing's first intelligent delivery demonstration station in the park. Idriverplus, a company specialized in developing intelligent cars, will introduce its self-developed autonomous street sweeping vehicles in the park. Two other Beijing-based tech companies have shown interest in investing in self-driving equipment and a data management platform in the park.

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