(Yicai Global) April 10 -- Shanghai, the first city in China to launch road trials for cars with intelligent driving technologies, intends to open more routes, according to the municipal government.
Shanghai already has 12 routes covering 37.2 kilometers. The next stage will be to expand the scope of trial roads and speed up infrastructure improvements needed for research, development and tests, state-backed news outlet The Paper reported, citing a government announcement at a conference today.
The city's total safety test mileage exceeds 28,000 kilometers, the report said, after Shanghai issued seven road test licenses for intelligent vehicles to five companies, including state-owned carmaker SAIC Motor, electric car unicorn Nio, and German auto giant BMW.
The authorities will make a study and open more roads for testing with a view to attracting other renowned domestic and global carmakers to run pilot schemes.
China's first closed testing zone for smart cars was opened in Shanghai's Jiading district in 2016. Some 200 test scenarios have been built since its launch, providing more than 5,000 hours of testing services to more than 40 domestic and foreign companies. It has become an international platform with complete testing capabilities and advanced technologies.
Shanghai will also make breakthroughs in new energy vehicles and smart cars and build a world-class automobile industry cluster, the government proposed at the conference, adding that construction of Tesla's Gigafactory of Tesla began at the start of this year.
Tesla's plant, the biggest foreign-invested manufacturing project in Shanghai's history, will turn out 500,000 pure electric vehicles a year.