Daimler tests automated driving in Bejing's chaotic traffic

July 06, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Daimler is the first international car manufacturer to receive approval to test fully automated test vehicles (Level 4) on public roads in Beijing. An important role in the development plays the open source platform Apollo.

The test approval marks an important milestone for Daimler's local research and development efforts in China. Urban transport is one of the greatest challenges on the road to autonomous driving. With the approval, Mercedes-Benz test vehicles can now be tested in real traffic in order to further perfect the technology in the Chinese capital Beijing, a metropolis with particularly complex urban traffic situations.

Daimler already has approvals for testing automated vehicles in Germany and the USA.Together with local partners, the company is working on adapting its technologies to the Chinese traffic environment in order to continuously improve the safety of all road users as a priority. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with additional technical applications from Baidu Apollo were extensively tested in the 'National Pilot Zone for Intelligent Mobility’ (Beijing and Hebei) in order to obtain approval.

Together with Baidu and the 'Apollo Open-Sourceʼ platform for autonomous driving, Daimler is researching safer solutions for automated driving in China. The aim is to understand the special requirements for automated driving in China and to develop an early sense of local technical trends.

In addition, Daimler and the renowned Chinese Tsinghua University have been supporting forward-looking research projects to develop China-specific transport solutions with their joint research center for sustainable mobility since 2012. With a focus on improving safety for all road users, the research carried out by the centre includes the collection of data on typical traffic situations, research into 'vulnerable road users' (VRU) based on image processing and the creation of digital human models specific to East Asia for the simulation of crash tests.

Daimler's local research and development activities began in 2005 with the first locally manufactured Mercedes-Benz E Class. In 2014, the Mercedes-Benz China Research and Development Center was opened in Beijing, with which the company wants to get to know the needs and preferences of Chinese customers better. The number of designers and engineers employed there is now


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