Vehicle manufacturers across the globe are racing to build the autonomous driving systems of tomorrow. Numerous developments have been made thus far in the West, yet recent reports speak highly of China’s involvement in the self-driving industry.
Namely, Chongqing Changan Automobile, a state-owned vehicle manufacturer, will soon commence the mass-production of level 3 autonomous cars. In essence, level 3 AI driving entails a vehicle driving fully autonomously under specific conditions, such as highway traffic that lacks complex intersection or pedestrians.
Local media reports indicate that the autonomous function of UNI-T cars will only be operable in specifically-designated areas that feature an adequate and safe traffic infrastructure. This represents the first fully-operational and mass-produced autonomous vehicle manufactured by a Chinese company.
Speaking of Asia, the Japanese Honda Motors will likely release their own level 3 autonomous vehicles later this year.
As the mass-production of level 3 self-driving cars becomes more common, manufacturers are placing their focus on the development of level 4 and level 5 cars. From a theoretical standpoint, level 4 automation entails a vehicle that can drive itself with almost-zero input from humans. Nevertheless, driving in areas that have not been mapped yet or during severe weather might prove difficult. Lastly, level 5 AI system cars will lack a steering wheel acting merely as robo-taxis, where drivers are non-existent and passengers need only select a destination.
Currently, data on Chongqing Changan Automobile’s UNI-T vehicle is scarce. We’re excited to learn more about the vehicle’s performance and range in the very near future!