With China competing fiercely with the US for leadership in autonomous driving, its southern coastal city of Shenzhen has now joined Beijing and Shanghai in permitting road tests for self-driving cars.
Internet giant Tencent Holdings on Monday became the first company to receive the Shenzhen licence to conduct open-road tests for its autonomous cars, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday.
The move came only a month after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released new guidelines which gave local authorities a freer hand to arrange road tests for self-driving vehicles.
The tests are expected to move forward Tencent's self-driving car initiative from the technical stage into the application stage, Su Kuifeng, director of the firm's autonomous driving laboratory, was quoted as saying.
Chinese autonomous driving players are also rushing to the US cities for road trials of their vehicles.
A new list posted on DMV's website showed 53 pieces of Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits (with a driver) had been permitted as of last Thursday, Xinhua reported on Monday.
Besides Didi, many Chinese companies including Baidu, Faraday & Future, Changan Automobile, have started its test in the state, the report said.
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