Plus, a US-based developer of self-driving truck technology, has completed an autonomous Level 4 truck demonstration on a highway in China. Level 4 autonomy is essentially fully driverless, but within a geographically defined area.
The demonstration was completed on the Wufengshan highway in China’s Yangtze Delta. The driverless semi-trailer truck was operated without a safety driver, teleoperator, or any other form of human intervention. The demonstration was conducted with a special permit on the newly built highway, with Plus being the first company to be granted this permit in China.
During the demonstration, the driverless truck is reported to have driven safely and smoothly in typical highway traffic.
Shawn Kerrigan, COO and Co-founder of Plus, says, “The driverless demo highlights the ability of our Level 4 autonomous driving technology to enable driverless highway operations in a semi truck. The demo shows the safety, maturity, and functionality of our technology, and we are excited to continue to work closely with our suppliers, fleet customers, and OEM partners to further develop, test, and refine a driverless product for commercial deployment.”