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Sweden OK's Chinese firm to test self-driving cars on roads

By By Liu Kun in Wuhan and Zhao Ruixue | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-12-13 15:29
The L4 autonomous vehicle is seen during a test. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Swedish Transport Agency recently approved the permit application filed by T Engineering AB for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, according to Dongfeng Motor Corporation which wholly owns T Engineering, making it the first Chinese company to the get the approval in Europe.

With the approval, T Engineering becomes one of five companies in Sweden to have the permission for autonomous vehicle tests on public roads.

Located at Trollhattan Innovatum Park, the company applied for testing L4 autonomous vehicles on roads between the park and railway station, which is the busiest block featured with the most complicated traffic situations. The L4 autonomous vehicle, independently developed by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, was created based on passenger vehicles.

The research team has conducted complete analysis and assessment on risks that could threaten safety, according to Dongfeng Motor Corporation.

To adhere to transport rules in Sweden, the L4 autonomous vehicle is equipped with several safety functions, such as a remote control.

In the future, T Engineering will work on developing European-style autonomous vehicles based on Sharing-VAN, the world's first autonomous vehicle equipped with 5G. Sharing-VAN vehicles, which are developed by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, are now operating on demonstration in provinces including Hubei and Zhejiang.

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