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On Beijing’s Bumper, Shanghai Allows Driverless Road Tests

Shanghai has issued permits for State-owned SAIC Motor and electric car startup NIO to conduct road tests of autonomous vehicles in the city. Photo: VC
Shanghai has issued permits for State-owned SAIC Motor and electric car startup NIO to conduct road tests of autonomous vehicles in the city. Photo: VC

Shanghai has given the green light for public road-testing of autonomous vehicles, three months after Beijing rolled out a similar policy.

State-owned SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. and electric car startup NIO have received permits, the Shanghai city government said on Thursday.

Like the Beijing policy, cars will still need a driver, according to a document published Tuesday by the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission and two other agencies.

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