Fifteen self-driving patrol cars, complete with flashing lights, hit the public roads in the autonomous driving demonstration area Daxing in Beijing. The unmanned vehicles will patrol an area of 60 square km in the Beijing driving demonstration area. Since Beijing initiated the autonomous driving demonstration area in September 2020, it has built 160 square km of area equipped with intelligent connected roads and a dedicated smart city network.
The duties being tested include patrolling, ensuring security for large-scale events, public announcements, issuing warnings and emergency rescue work. The unmanned patrol cars possess Level 4 autonomous driving technology. They can complete battery replacement in 30 seconds and have a driving range of 100 km. They feature a 360-degree multi-sensor fusion perception capability with a detection range of up to 120 meters. The powerful onboard computing platform can calculate and respond based on road conditions in real time, thus ensuring vehicle driving safety.
A total of 28 vehicle testing companies are operating in the demonstration area. Over 800 vehicles are now engaged in testing and commercial exploration, with a cumulative test mileage exceeding 20 million km.