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Highway testing completed for China-developed smart trucks

A Chinese auto maker has completed the country's first highway test of the drive-smart functions of commercial heavy-duty trucks. 

FAW Jiefang Automotive Co., Ltd., a truck subsidiary of FAW Group, China's leading automaker, said on Tuesday that it has tested three Jiefang container trucks with autodriving functions on a section of the Changchun-Shenzhen Highway. 

The trucks, which have a loading weight of 40 tonnes, can perform auto cruising and automatic alarms and braking. The Lane Keeping Assist System mode allows for hands-free driving. 

Hu Hanjie, general manager of the company, said smart-driving vehicles are the future trend. The company aims to develop a new model with high-precision positioning abilities by 2018 and make another model based on 5G communications networks available for driving by 2020. 

By 2025, the company is expected to develop its first self-driving truck. 

Built in 1956, the company made China's first domestically produced truck. Since then, it has produced 6 million vehicles. In the first nine months of this year, it sold 198,000 vehicles, ranking first in China.