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Self-driving cars face long road despite industry raising $35bn

Chinese startup WeRide joins auto giants in delaying plans for fully autonomous operations

China's WeRide is backed by the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, among others. (Photo courtesy of WeRide)

TOKYO -- Autonomous cars are still as far as a decade away, industry insiders say, despite the intense hype and $35 billion invested globally in their development so far.

One of the biggest challenges in developing fully autonomous driving, according to Zhong Hua, senior vice president of engineering at Chinese startup WeRide, is accounting for human behavior.

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