Groupe PSA will become the first French car maker to test self-driving cars in China after obtaining a license to roll out the technology on open roads in Chongqing.
The car manufacturer, whose brands include Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, will develop vehicle connectivity and autonomous driving technology in China as part of a push to bring AVs to the Chinese market.
Having been the first car manufacturer to test autonomous driving on open roads in France back in 2015, Groupe PSA will take its experience and adapt to the Chinese ecosystem, where infrastructure, map system and road users will differ.
“Obtaining the license for autonomous driving tests on open roads in China is a remarkable milestone for Groupe PSA, as China is the largest automobile market in the world and is witnessing the boom in the development of autonomous driving technology. This marks an important step for our AVA ‘Autonomous for all’ program, which aims to provide safe and intuitive autonomous cars for all customers. From this fresh start, we’ll continuously bring our cutting-edge technology to Chinese customers,” said Carla Gohin, vice president, innovation, Groupe PSA.