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Chinese 5G self-driving bus offers glimpse of commutes to come

Manufacturer Yutong uses island in Zhengzhou as proving ground

Yutong's Xiaoyu is a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, with no steering wheel and the capability to run without any human intervention under certain conditions.

BEIJING -- Buses circling a 1.53 km route in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou are offering a sneak peek at what the combination of 5G telecommunications and self-driving technology is likely to bring.

Chinese manufacturer Yutong Bus has dispatched four electric self-driving buses in an open-road trial project on "Intelligent Island" in the city's Longzi Lake. The buses, called Xiaoyu, are at Level 4 on the autonomous scale, which means they can drive themselves without any human intervention under certain conditions.

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