China is permitting trial operations in order to push intelligent vehicle services for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
With more than 2 million vehicles in circulation, Wuxi processes around 1.6 PB (petabyte) of traffic data each day on average.
Licensed companies can run up to 50 vehicles and can potentially expand their fleets after six months.
Beijing took a significant step forward in April 2018, issuing its first national guidelines that allow cities in China to test self-driving cars on their roads.
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.
The devices can also be used to collecting driving data such as route choice and emergency braking to improve traffic management.
Chonqing-based automaker Chang’an is the first to pilot its driverless vehicles in the zone.
The city ranked second among Chinese cities in car production with nearly 2.97 million units in 2018.
But due to delays in the release of a master plan and other factors, its potential impact remains unclear.