China is permitting trial operations in order to push intelligent vehicle services for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
In its first white paper, Ehang proposes a centralized control center for passenger and cargo drones, similar to a public bus system.
Licensed companies can run up to 50 vehicles and can potentially expand their fleets after six months.
Laying out a policy framework will boost the industry’s commercialization, experts say.
Regulators will allow driverless vehicle tests along 135 kilometers of the city’s public roads.
Chonqing-based automaker Chang’an is the first to pilot its driverless vehicles in the zone.
The devices can also be used to collecting driving data such as route choice and emergency braking to improve traffic management.
The city ranked second among Chinese cities in car production with nearly 2.97 million units in 2018.