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Driverless cars to star at AI conference

Zhu Shenshen
Visitors will get the opportunity to sit in various autonomous cars during the three-day World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai from Thursday.
Zhu Shenshen
Driverless cars to star at AI conference
Dong Jun / SHINE

DeepBlue will showcase its L4 car at the main venue for the World Artificial Intelligence Conference. 

Autonomous driving, which is getting closer and becoming more accessible in China, will be a highlight of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference which opens on Thursday.

More than 20 companies, including Tesla, Red Flag, Weltmeister, DeepBlue and Nullmax, showed their latest technologies during a media preview on Tuesday.

The technologies cover 5G connection, autonomous parking and advanced autonomous driving. A 36,000-square meter outdoor space near the main conference venue, the World Expo Center, will be an autonomous driving test ground. 

A Robo-taxi will make its debut at the conference, said Li Lin, general manager of the Shanghai Intelligent Connected Vehicle Innovation Center.

Applications like robo taxi, an autonomous driving car connecting the Lingang region and the Pudong International Airport, will be soon available in Shanghai, said technology developer Nullmax, a Shanghai-based startup.

A 260,000-yuan (US$37,142) Red Flag sedan featuring a self-parking system will also be on show.  Red Flag is a domestically developed brand that used to dedicated to producing cars for senior Chinese leaders.

DeepBlue, another Shanghai-based startup, will showcase a vehicle with no drivers or controllers. 

More than 10,000 visitors will have the opportunity to sit in various autonomous cars during the three-day event, said Li. 

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