Tencent has obtained a license for road tests of intelligent connected vehicles from Shenzhen municipal government, our sister site has reported (in Chinese). Tencent said that the transportation bureau issued only one license this time. The company will begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads after the government designates the testing area.

The Tencent Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory made its debut last November. The laboratory operates under Tencent’s Mobile Internet Group (MIG) along with other businesses such as connected car services, location services, and Tencent Maps. The company plans to further integrate other resources—including cloud, security, big data, and AI—into the autonomous vehicle platform.

In March, Shanghai authorities issued China’s first batch of licenses for road tests of autonomous vehicles, giving the green light to Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO and the state-owned automaker SAIC Motor.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.