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Chinese carmakers jostle for edge in autonomous driving

Nio and other domestic companies compete with foreign rivals like Tesla

Baidu's Apollo car with an autonomous driving system drives past people as they scan a QR code to try its ride-hailing service in Beijing in July 2021.

As Chinese cities pave the way for more self-driving cars to whizz around their streets, the country's carmakers are jockeying for position in what they predict will soon be a huge market.

Earlier this month, Shenzhen published a new set of rules which will allow autonomous commercial driving services to be offered in the tech hub from next month. That includes fully autonomous cars, if such technology ever comes to fruition and meets safety requirements.

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