Daimler AG became the first international automaker to receive a road test license for Level 4 highly automated driving on the roads of the Chinese capital of Beijing.
The world famous German automaker announced on its website on July 9 that it has received the approval after extensive closed-course testing.
Daimler’s competitor BMW, another German auto manufacturer, obtained the first self-driving road test license for a foreign automaker in Shanghai this May.
Daimler has already obtained test licenses in Germany and the U.S.
Part of its Intelligent World Drive project, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles aimed to complete self-driving tests in five countries on five continents, namely Germany, China, Australia, South Africa and the U.S., in five months. The test vehicle was based on an S-Class catering to country-specific users and traffic habits.
To qualify for the license, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles enlisted the help of additional technical expertise from Baidu
In cooperation with local companies, Daimler has partnered with Baidu
Daimler has also been in a joint research conduct with China’s renowned Tsinghua University since 2012. The research focuses on increasing road safety, specifically on the vision-based detection of vulnerable road users and simulation of crash tests to better fit a China-specific road environment.
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