FAW Jiefang, a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Changchun, Jilin, China, debuted the self-driving truck at its FAW Tech Center and passed a navigation test, heralding a new era of intelligent, automated heavy vehicles.
According to state-run Xinhua news agency - the truck, which FAW Jiefang plans to commercialize as early as next year, was able to recognize obstacles, slow down, make a detour and speed up.
"The company has built a whole industry chain partnership to develop, manufacture, sell, and service self-driving trucks. The participation of more firms across the sector will accelerate the technology's use on heavy-duty vehicles", said Hu Hanjie, General Manager, FAW Jiefang.
The intelligent driving vehicle reacted correctly to traffic lights, adaptive cruise control, remote commands and successfully overtook, the report said.
The participation of more firms across the sector will accelerate the technology's use on heavy-duty vehicles, Hu also added.
Leading Chinese tech firms, including Baidu and Tencent, have invested in self-driving entities. Baidu, for example, has tested driverless mini cars at the annual World Internet Conference for the last two years.
The technology may prove more practical when it is used on trucks than private cars as truck drivers are more likely to drive tired, the report added.