Chinese carmaker launches self-driving trucks

China’s autonomous vehicles industry appears to be enjoying a hot stretch. First, the China-based carmaker BYD became the first company to partner with Silicon Valley’s Tesla to produce the Model 3 sedan. Just last…

Chinese carmaker launches self-driving trucks

China’s autonomous vehicles industry appears to be enjoying a hot stretch. First, the China-based carmaker BYD became the first company to partner with Silicon Valley’s Tesla to produce the Model 3 sedan. Just last week, Chinese carmaker SAIC announced it would start selling self-driving buses in Germany. And now, another Chinese carmaker is launching self-driving trucks. Chinese automaker CATL is introducing a sensor array designed to make its fleet of trucks that operate without a driver capable of operating the vehicle. During an official launch event on Wednesday, the company’s chairwoman, Lianjun Lu, said that the trucks were “ready to take off.” She did not disclose a timeframe for the launch of the vehicles, but in a statement to The Associated Press, CATL promised that the sensors would be available in 2019, which indicates a targeted rollout date of sometime around January or February. The sensors can track the vehicle’s distance from the nearest obstacle and assist the driver by braking the vehicle. By integrating more and more car technology, Chinese manufacturers are increasingly becoming a threat to both Western automotive brands and Chinese competitors.

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