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A Chinese-made self-driving truck has passed a navigation test, heralding the era of intelligent, automated heavy vehicles.

FAW Jiefang, the leading truck manufacturer, debuted the self-driving truck at FAW Tech Center in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The truck was able to recognize obstacles, slow down, make a detour, and speed up.

The truck reacted correctly to traffic lights, adaptive cruise control, remote commands and successfully overtook.

FAW Jiefang now plans to commercialize the intelligent driving vehicle as early as 2018.

Leading Chinese tech firms, including Baidu and Tencent, have invested in self-driving entities. Baidu, for example, has tested driverless mini cars at the annual World Internet Conference for the last two years.

Industry insiders, however, said the technology may prove more practical when it is used on trucks than private cars as truck drivers are more likely to drive tired. The new systems could cut operational costs by replacing drivers.

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Somehow that does not reassure me.
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fatdragon Post time: 2017-4-17 09:12
Somehow that does not reassure me.

Mercedes Benz has been successful for some time but you won't see driverless lorries in Europe for some time. Tesla's numerous mishaps prove that the safety of passengers in driverless vehicles and in other moving cars is not guaranteed.

But the Germans have already commercialised driverless shuttle buses. A Berlin company makes them. One of its customers is the Swiss Post which operates buses too. But if a major accident happens the trials will be stopped immediately.

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fatdragon Post time: 2017-4-17 09:12
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I think the technology can never be deemed as safe; as long as there are manned vehicles on the road it will be possible to provoke accidents by design. Young drivers will want to make pranks.

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seneca Post time: 2017-4-17 09:51
I think the technology can never be deemed as safe; as long as there are manned vehicles on the  ...

There are Chinese people wandering around with pieces of paper to state that they are qualified to drive but experience tells us otherwise.
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fatdragon Post time: 2017-4-17 12:35
There are Chinese people wandering around with pieces of paper to state that they are qualified to ...

You don't even need a piece of paper to believe in your driving skills... you just buy the motor and drive. If you do not hit a granite wall at 100 kms an hour on your trial you will succeed in China's traffic chaos.

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seneca Post time: 2017-4-17 12:42
You don't even need a piece of paper to believe in your driving skills... you just buy the motor a ...

Or even just buy the piece of paper and disregard the test.
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