Dongfeng Motor Corp is planning to mass produce self-driving cars by 2020, according to a media report in China.

The China Daily reported that under the goal, the company will also 'cash in on driverless cars for specific areas and commercial use, such as driverless buses and trucks, with an ambitious deadline of between late 2019 to early 2020 to put them into operation'.

It cited remarks by Tan Minqiang, NPC deputy and director for the technical centre at Dongfeng Motor Corp.

"We will roll out L3 autonomous cars by 2020, and currently we are also developing L5 cars," Tan told the newspaper. "It would be difficult for automakers alone to implement such a tremendous project. The whole society and all the related industries need to work together to boost its future development."

Dongfeng recently launched a new division for automated and connected vehicles marking a new step in expanding its research and development in driverless and smart technologies.

With a team of around 50 core professionals, the company's new division is led by the firm's technical centre. Tan said Dongfeng Motor has plans to further expand the new division in the future.

The China Daily report noted that Dongfeng Motor has already cooperated with leading internet, telecommunication and tech companies in the country on automated fleet, including Baidu Inc, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, JD, ZTE Corp and China Mobile.

"Supercomputing platforms and chips will be key to future development. And we really look forward to seeing more locally-sourced products and services with high-level performance in the market," Tan said.

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