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China Builds Site to Test Autonomous Cars in Highway Conditions

  • Site being built using existing highway in Shandong province
  • Testing operations are expected to begin in September
Autonomous driving cars being tested out on a section of Binlai Highway in Shandong province.
Autonomous driving cars being tested out on a section of Binlai Highway in Shandong province.Source: Qilu Transportation Development Group Co.
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China is building its first site to test autonomous cars under highway conditions amid a global shift toward technologically advanced and self-driving vehicles.

State-backed Qilu Transportation Development Group Co. is using a section of an existing highway to create the test site in eastern Shandong province, a company spokesman said Thursday. Construction on the 26-kilometer-long testing site began April 12, and it is expected to start operating in September.