On May 24, Suning completed its first test of Xing Long 1 (行龙一号), the company’s autonomous heavy truck, at the company’s logistics park in Shanghai. This was the Chinese e-commerce company’s first attempt in autonomous driving and the industry’s first Level 4 test where little human input is needed.

According to local media (in Chinese), before departure, a Suning staff set up driving route for the truck. The vehicle moved at a stable speed and was able to automatically adjust its speed. When encountering pedestrians, Xing Long 1 would identify them as obstacles and stop. The truck resumed driving when the path was clear.

The loading capacity of Xing Long 1 is 40 tons. According to Plus AI, on highways, the vehicle can detect obstacles within 300 meters’ range. The truck is also designed to slow down to 25m/s when taking actions such as braking and obstacle avoidance, whereas a regular driving speed is 80km/h.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com