Test area investing in intelligent vehicles

The Intelligent Automobile Test Demonstration Area in Jiading plans to invest over 200 million yuan (US$30.5 million) by the end of this year.

The Intelligent Automobile Test Demonstration Area in Jiading plans to invest over 200 million yuan (US$30.5 million) by the end of this year to make it a benchmark for the industry in China.

Ten key projects are planned, covering upgrading the enclosed area, the first phase of an intelligent transport laboratory and research on intelligent automobile standards and specifications.

The area was approved in June 2015 and launched the following year. Shanghai International Automobile City (Group) Co Ltd, Delphi and NextEv have carried out more than 300 tests there in unpiloted drive and automatic drive so far, said Chen Hailin of the SIAC.

On May 24, the Shanghai Manufacturing Industry Innovation Center was set up in Jiading. Shanghai International Automobile City signed a strategic cooperation agreement with 13 enterprises and institutions, including the China Automotive Technology & Research Center.

With the support of the demonstration area and the innovation center, Jiading plans to attract more than 100 high-end teams and incubate 30 innovative enterprises with a total value of over 1 billion yuan by 2020 in intelligent automobile research, development, design, testing and authentication.

Last year, output of the automobile industry in Jiading reached 386.51 billion yuan, rising 8.3 percent over 2015. New energy vehicles and the intelligent automobile sector contributed 5.53 billion yuan, jumping 22.3 percent year on year.

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