Beijing-based autonomous driving company AutoBrain and Chinese auto manufacturer Great Wall Motors have developed a prototype Level 3 (L3) self-driving car, which they plan to release on the market by 2020, reports 36Kr.

L3 autonomous vehicles are able to take full control of driving and operate when certain conditions are met—for example when driving on freeways.

The safety of Level 3 systems has been questioned. US internet giant Google decided against taking the self-driving technology to market after it found in testing that human drivers were too trusting and slow to take over control from the system when an emergency arose. Google instead decided to pursue higher levels of autonomy.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen