Written by Kfir Kedem – May 03, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
China has initiated its first autonomous bus route in the Yongchuan district of Chongqing. Three self-driving buses were launched on this route, which is 10 km long and has 4 stops. These buses are designed to be Level-4 Autonomous and were designed for these short city trips.
The manufacturer is Chinese company, Baidu: the same company that has previously joined forces with Volvo for the development of autonomous vehicles. These buses, or Robobuses, as Baidu calls them, could be the first of many on Chinese roads. With 40-60 km/h cruising speeds, they are perfect for intracity routes.
Auto Trendy’s take:
It’s great to see that China is implementing its own futuristic technologies on its roads. It could be scary for people to ride vehicles with no drivers, but so far they are being perceived well by the public, which shows promise for the future. These Robobuses are just the start though. We see a nearby future where buses of longer-distance routes and passenger cars are also replaced by their autonomous counterparts.