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China's First Self-Driving Truck--FAW Jiefang J7, Makes Its Debut

Date:2017-04-14 Source:www.chinatrucks.com

www.chinatrucks.com: On 13 April, Jiefang Heavy-duty truck J7 made its first public appearance at FAW Tech Center based in Nong’an, Changchun city, Jilin province.

General Engineer of FAW Tech Center, Guoliqun, shows how the self-driving truck work to industry's leading media representatives and FAW’s global partners while pointing out that it was fully self-developed by FAW. Following that, the two leading actors, Jiefang J7 tractor and J6 dumper, come to stage to do a set of complex operation automatically including traffic light recognition, pedestrian collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, automatic loading and unloading and remote control despite their huge size.

The appearance of self-driving truck can not only avoid fatigue driving, but also help reduce labor cost greatly. It means the future development trend in commercial vehicle segment and will go in to mass production in 2018. 
Vice manager of FAW Group, Dong Chunbo, said “Zhitu” strategy has been proposed and released two years ago at Shanghai Auto Show, which aims at setting up an intelligent and technology upgrading platform based on “Internet+”. Till now, the “Zhitu” technology has been used in passenger car Hongqi H7.” I might say, the self-driving truck debuted today is a complete demonstration of our technology in commercial vehicle segment.
JAW Jiefang release its “Zhitu” strategy for commercial vehicle when the self-driving demonstration comes to an end. It says the plan to develop intelligent truck will be completed in three phases from 2017 to 2025. By the end of 2025, their ultimate goal of full self-driving and open-source platform for the entire truck industry will be reached, and thus advancing the industry.
It is reported that the “Zhitu” platform developed by FAW is an unified technology platform supported by five platforms including a platform with a design based on “Internet+”, manufacturing and service, a platform which integrates energy saving, new energy powertrain, chassis and electronics, an embedded software tech platform for vehicle and electrics control, a mobile tech platform for vehicle intelligence and an information tech platform of D-Partner+. 
During the demonstration, JAW also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, Hirain, Ericsson, China mobile, Bosh, Continental, ZF, and Optimum Nano respectively to carry out extensive cooperation in areas like commercial vehicle development, core tech research and vehicle marketing. 

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