The state-owned public transit group in China’s capital of Beijing plans to start trial operation of driverless buses on lines serving high-tech industrial parks and sightseeing destinations by 2022.
The vehicles will use safety alert systems and autonomous driving solutions Intel’s Israeli unit Mobileye has developed.
Beijing Public Transport announced the news at the press conference for the autonomous driving project yesterday, state Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Mobileye’s active safety alert system admonishes bus drivers as to violations such as illegal lane changes and speeding, a BPT executive said, adding some suburban lines are already equipped with the system, whose use will gradually extend to ordinary lines in future.
BPT will also adopt Mobileye’s autonomous driving solutions. The company will begin road testing after it secures a driverless license from the city and will aim to pilot driverless buses on designated lines by 2022.
Jerusalem-headquartered Mobileye has sought entry to the Chinese market ever since Silicon Valley, US-based semiconductor maker Intel acquired it for USD15 billion in 2017.