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BMW to be first foreign firm to test self-driving car in China

AFP  |  Beijing 

has granted a licence for self-driving car testing, setting up the German luxury brand to become the first to test autonomous vehicles on the road in

As global for an advantage in the world's largest car market, the Commission of Economy and awarded the two licences for BMW's 7 Series sedans on Monday, the regulator said.

Since the city started issuing the testing permits in March, local state-owned automaker and Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO have logged more than 6,000 kilometres (3,728 miles) of driving without incidents, the commission said.

But the licences do not give automakers access to all of Shanghai's chaotic streets. Instead they have a 5.6-kilometre stretch of road to drive up and down, according to state agency

The market is ramping up in as local upstarts, and foreign automakers go head-to-head to produce what many expect to be the future of

Internet firms and its rival recently predicted that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years, and both have made big investments to be at the forefront of the shift.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:25 IST