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China takes the fast lane in self-driving auto race

Tech innovator Baidu gives birth to several leading startups

Autonomous-vehicle startup JingChi began welcoming the public to test drives in January.
Autonomous-vehicle startup JingChi began welcoming the public to test drives in January. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

GUANGZHOU -- China, the world's largest auto market, has quickly become one of the leading incubators of self-driving technology.

The entrepreneurs leading the startups behind the revolution largely hail from Baidu, China's answer to Google. They aim to make autonomous driving commercially viable in two years' time, backed by ample investment capital and government incentives.

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