Self-drive buses enter mass production in China
Biadu, one of the biggest Chinese technology companies, has started a mass production of self-drive buses.
The company announced after building its 100 Apolong vehicle at its factory. It said the vehicles would initially be put to commercial use within Chinese cities and added it was targeting international markets as well.
“2018 marks the first year of commercialisation for autonomous driving.” Said the company Chief executive, Robin Li.
“In the past, China exported cheap commodities to the world. In the future, China will export AI technology to the world.” He added.
The Apolong bus has no driver’s seat, steering wheel or pedals. It can seat up to 14 passengers. It runs purely on electricity and capable of travelling up to 100km (62miles) after a two-hour charge, at the top of 70km/h.
Some other companies as France’s Easymile, Australia’s intellibus and South Korea’s KT, have also developed autonomous buses of their own.
Navya’s self-drive buses have also been put to use by others at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, and the street of Las Vegas.