Beijing's e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group has states they have been working on autonomous driving technology, according to China Daily.
Helming the research team is the chief scientist at the company's Artificial Intelligence Labs, Wang Gang. The team has made rapid progress on the technology, quoted Alibaba.
Alibaba also told Xinhua news agency that the company's research aims to reach Level 4. This means the autonomous vehicle can fully drive itself without any human intervention in specific circumstances.
Regulations by Chinese authorities were put in place on April 12 to allow AI-power vehicles to run tests on local roads. This covers different levels of autonomous driving.
The company has already overseen regular road tests of its self-driving vehicles. Alibaba is also looking to hire an additional 50 experts to work on the technology and get it road-ready sooner.
Alibaba now enters the autonomous vehicle playing field alongside rivals Baidu and Tencent who are two other Chinese Internet conglomerates that are also working on getting self-driving cars on Chinese roads.
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