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China tests 5G self-driving bus

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

is conducting test run of a self-driving bus, assisted by the mobile network, as part of its efforts to fast track use, amid escalating trade row with the US and other countries.

The bus is being tested in Chongqing, a in southwestern China, state-run agency reported.

The bus, equipped with technologies such as Area Network and radar, is able to complete all autonomous operations with the assistance of the mobile network.

The electric-powered 12 seater has a designed maximum speed of 20 km per hour. The bus was co-developed by Mobile, Huawei, and French company Easy Mile, the report said.

is fast tracking in the country to use the next generation telcom amid escalating row with the US over the detention of Meng Wenzhou, of Chinese in

China has already launched the 5G service in Guangzhou airport, opened its first 5G base station for the region and the road trials of a 5G autopilot bus without a driver, cabin or a driving wheel.

Earlier, reported that the bus tests were carried out in a 5G network-covered area, where the network helps the bus adjust speed, and detect obstacles and traffic lights.

Chinese officials say China would like to be ahead of US and other countries to develop to capture the markets abroad.

Also, (NDRC), the country's planning body, said that it will speed up the granting of 5G commercial licences to upgrade so-called information consumption in the country.

NDRC would promote high-quality video and support the launch of 4K television channels across China to enrich content as well as subsidise super sets, and augmented in certain regions, it said.

The move is part of a broader effort to boost domestic consumption amid slowing economic growth. It also comes at a time when Huawei, which leads China's bid to become the leading supplier of advanced to the world's mobile carriers, faces growing pressure from the US amid allegation that it is an arm of the Chinese government, Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported.

The US filed charges against Huawei, contending that the Chinese and had stolen trade secrets from a telecoms rival and violated US sanctions against doing business with

Also as the row over escalated, major suppliers of US giant Apple, the and are reportedly accelerating efforts to build new production plants in and

It is part of their efforts to diversify their supply chain away from the Chinese mainland and to save costs, the report said.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 16:30 IST