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January 30, 2019

PSA to start China autonomous tests on open roads

PSA has obtained a licence to start autonomous driving tests on open roads in Chongqing, maintaining it is the first French automaker to do so in China.

By Rhodri Morgan

PSA has obtained a licence to start autonomous driving tests on open roads in Chongqing, maintaining it is the first French automaker to do so in China.

Groupe PSA maintains its autonomous car experience in Europe helps it to adapt to the local environment to meet Chinese market needs. One challenge is to integrate PSA’s technology into the Chinese ecosystem as the environment, infrastructure, map system and road users are different.

PSA is the first car manufacturer to have tested autonomous cars on open roads in France from July, 2015 onwards, as well as the first carmaker to obtain authorisations to carry out autonomous mode tests with non-expert drivers in March, 2017.

“Obtaining the licence for autonomous driving tests on open roads in China is a remarkable milestone for Groupe PSA, as China is the largest automobile market in the world and is witnessing the boom in the development of autonomous driving technology,” said PSA VP, Innovation, Carla Gohin.

“This marks an important step for our AVA Autonomous for All programme, which aims to provide safe and intuitive autonomous cars for all customers.”

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