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Japan and China gunning to clear final autonomous driving hurdles

Tech, talent and testing will decide who wins this race

Baidu Chairman and CEO Robin Li Yanhong talks about the company's plan to develop autonomous driving technology at an event in Beijing in November.

TOKYO -- What kind of technology will it take to make self-driving cars smoothly zip about the busy, unpredictable streets of Asia?

Driving on an orderly highway in an advanced country is one thing. But safely navigating the roads of emerging countries is orders of magnitude more complicated. Japan and China, in particular, are locked in an intense, intriguing race to get over the hump.

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