Huawei Technologies develops “smart roads” for intelligent and connected driverless vehicles

Based on the information it receives constantly from its surroundings, a self-driving bus travels back and forth, making stops, swerving past obstacles, accelerating and decelerating on a four-kilometre (2.5-mile) road in the city of Wuxi in Jiangsu province.

This has been made possible with the sensors, cameras and radars that talk with the vehicle and have been embedded in the road, traffic lights, street signs and other infrastructure.

Used by telecom-equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co. and partners, the site is a part of China’s first national project for intelligent and connected vehicles.

In an interview, Jiang Wangcheng, a president at Huawei’s information and communications technology business said, “Autonomous driving is an irresistible trend, but any isolated vehicle alone can’t nail it. The only solution is to get more information from the roads.”

The move comes as the country wants to make traffic smother and safer while also ensuring benefits to local champions like Huawei.

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