Driverless buses on trial run in Shenzhen

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(From L) Bus drivers with Shenzhen Bus Group, Li Yuexia, Chen Juanxiong, Sun Bingtuan and Zhou Tiegao, pose for a photo in front of four smart buses, which have been put on a driverless test run in Futian Bonded Zone. Photos by Sun Yuchen

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Zhou Tiegao, a bus driver with Shenzhen Bus Group, sits behind the steering wheel of a driverless bus that has been on a test in the Futian Bonded Zone.

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Zhou Tiegao sits behind the steering wheel of a driverless bus in the Futian Bonded Zone.

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An engineer with Haylion collects data on a driverless bus on test.

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Two LED screens installed to show real-time road conditions on a driverless bus.

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Li Junyun, a senior manager (L) with Shenzhen Bus Group, and Tang Rui, an executive of Haylion, on a driverless bus.

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Driverless buses being tested in the Futian Bonded Zone.

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A sensor installed on a smart bus. The sensor can detect the traffic condition on roads and plan a route accordingly. It can also stop the bus after it arrives at a destination.

Four smart buses, developed by a local high-tech company, have been undergoing driverless bus testing in the Futian Bonded Zone over the past months. Senior bus drivers, Li Yuexia, Chen Juanxiong, Sun Bingtuan and Zhou Tiegao, with Shenzhen Bus Group, have been sitting behind the steering wheel on the smart buses during the test, which was launched in December.

The buses, developed by Hay-lion Technology, are equipped with the intelligent bus system, Alphaba. They have a designed speed of up to 30 km per hour and can be fully charged in 40 minutes. A bus can cover 150 km on a single charge. The driverless buses are expected to solve traffic problems with advanced data sharing abilities, as well as reduce labor costs and relieve driver’s workload. 

(SD News)

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