HEFEI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- German
carmaker Volkswagen will pilot its autonomous-driving travel service in
China as the first license plate for road tests was issued to the
company on Wednesday.
testing is scheduled in September this year in Haiheng Community of
Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, aimed at optimizing user
experience, according to Volkswagen Group China.
testing area covers 16 square km, with a total road length of 80 km,
along which the vehicles are expected to pass by schools, shops, parks,
hospitals and residential communities.
plans to test the first batch of 10 autonomous-driving electric
vehicles with passengers on board in early 2021. Some 400,000 residents
in the area will be able to hail a self-driving car using a mobile app.
Soh, executive vice-president of Volkswagen Group China, said the
integration of the company's software and hardware technologies has
enabled Volkswagen to provide autonomous-driving travel service to
"The pilot project is not
only a major cooperation agreement between Hefei and Volkswagen but
also a milestone in Hefei's development of smart city and its
intelligent-connected vehicle industry," said Wang Wensong, vice mayor
In May this year,
Volkswagen announced that it would invest around 2.1 billion euros
(about 2.5 billion U.S. dollars) in electric mobility in China. Of the
total investment, 1 billion euros will be used to raise Volkswagen's
stake in the e-mobility joint venture with Chinese JAC Motors from 50
percent to 75 percent and to acquire a 50 percent stake in JAC's parent
In another deal,
Volkswagen would pump the remaining 1.1 billion euros into Gotion
High-tech Co., Ltd., a Hefei-based manufacturer of electric batteries,
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