Hangzhou and Ningbo will be linked by China’s first smart high-speed highway in time for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. With six lanes in each direction, the 161km route through Zhejiang will use navigational and sensor technology to increase the speed of traffic to 120km/h. An underground charging system will effectively electrifythe road for compatible electric vehicles, powered by the road’s photovoltaic surface.

Sensors along the road will connect to a cloud computing system to monitor all vehicles in real time. This will then integrate with driverless vehicles’ navigational systems to control cars and allow traffic to flow at 120km/h.

The speed limit for China’s expressways is already 120km/h, There is also a minimum speed of 70km/h.The issue is more about the average speeds. According to the Yangtze Daily (长江日报) the average speed on Zhejiang’s expressways is only 90km/h and increasing this by 20-30% by new technologies to 120km/h (in Chinese) is part of a longer-term target to go beyond the current national speed limit.

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