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Driverless cars on show as WAIC opens

Hu Yumo
The World Artificial Intelligence Conference, which runs through August 31, offers city residents a close-up look at autonomous vehicles and how they perform.
Hu Yumo

Self-driving cars are highlighted at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference which opened in Shanghai today.

Until August 31, residents can make a reservation to experience self-driving vehicles from more than 20 domestic and foreign companies.

The self-driving experience area, covering about 36,000 square meters, displays technologies including autonomous driving, integration between vehicles and 5G technologies as well as automatic parking.

“In the past, only a small number of people could experience self-driving cars. During the conference this year, the experience area allows more citizens to experience autonomous driving,” said Li Lin, general manager of the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Vehicle Innovation Center. "It is expected that more than 500 people will participate in the self-driving car experience every day during the three-day conference."

In addition to self-driving passenger cars, there are also autonomous buses. The buses can easily change modes based on demand between freight and passengers.

US electric carmaker Tesla is showing four Model 3 cars with an autopilot system. Tesla said people can experience features such as automatic parking when encountering obstacles, automatic turning and following the vehicle ahead.

More than 20 auto-related companies, including Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, DeepBlue and Weltmeister, are displaying their latest technologies during the conference.

Driverless cars on show as WAIC opens
Ti Gong

A self-driving passenger car from Shanghai-based electric startup Weltmeister is testing vehicle-to-everthing technology in the WAIC experience zone.

Driverless cars on show as WAIC opens

A small self-driving bus in the experience area of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference.

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