Chinese internet giant Tencent this week released its TAD Sim 2.0, the latest generation of its autonomous driving simulation platform designed to help improve the development and testing of autonomous driving systems.

Simulation software is a key tool used in the development of self driving technologies and smart urban transportation management.

China is one of the leading countries to develop and roll out autonomous driving infrastructure with a number of self-driving taxi pilot projects currently under way in several major cities.

Tencent's new TAD Sim 2.0 platform is driven both by real data and gaming technology and has an in built centimetre level digital map as well as dynamic and static environments for autonomous driving testing.

It has higher 3D resolution compared with the previous version, making simulations more realistic, and it also fills the gap between road test data and virtual scenarios, according to reports.

The new system offers a much broader range of scenarios with options for from bad weather and extreme traffic conditions and various road environments.

Tencent is one of the leading global developers of autonomous driving software with partnerships with automakers such as BMW and Hyundai and also with China's Baidu.

A huge variety of environments, weather conditions and even extreme traffic conditions can be generated by combining road test data and virtual scenarios to fulfill the needs of autonomous driving testing in TAD Sim 2.0.

According to Tencent, TAD Sim 2.0's cloud version is able to run more than 10m kilometres per day.