Is This the Future? China’s Self Driving Dragon

Success in recent tests has helped Suning’s self-driving truck, the Strolling Dragon, take another step towards automated delivery work.

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(businesspress24) - In what has been described as a groundbreaking accomplishment, the Chinese firm Suning Logistics recently completed driving tests for a cutting-edge, autonomous truck known as the Strolling Dragon. The Strolling Dragon represents a huge achievement for Suning, as it is the first self-driving HGV developed in China to pass highway scenario and logistics campus tests.


What Can the Dragon Do?

The vehicle is the largest autonomous truck in the company

The truck was tested in Shanghai at the end of May 2018. Key to its success in tests was the y stops. The heavy-duty truck can safely self-drive at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour and can also accurately park itself.

Dragon Powered Delivery Work

The motivation behind Suning

Although some of the problems the company is facing(for example, Chinants on long-haul jobs. It will also create a more comfortable working environment and the cutting-edge AI technology could reduce logistics costs for companies willing to invest.

Vision for Autonomous Retail

The Dragon is just part of the wider plan Suning has for completely automating the retail process. When up and running, the self-driving trucks will take their place alongside automated warehouse vehicles and robots,to ensure consumers a seamless delivery process. The company has even showcased anentirely unmanned retail concept store and their ultimate aim is to develop a China-wide retail infrastructure using their high-tech solutions.

At present, automated vehicles are not permitted on public roads in China, but Suning are convinced that the government will soon adapt current rules to allow for their innovative designs to hit the highways.

In theory it should be easier for these trucks to reach commercialisation than self-driving cars, as they usually drive in simpler environments (such as highways). So it may not actually be too long before the distinctive Strolling Dragons become a familiar sight on the roads.

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching delivery work with available drivers. Over 5,300 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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