Beijing, China — On a rainy day in the mid-of November in Hubei province, China, racing cars were running on the Xiangyang Dream Formula track. The strange thing was the cars had no drivers behind the wheel. Instead of sitting behind the steering wheel, drivers were standing not too far behind the start line. Actually, they are engineering students of the Chinese universities who were participating the 2017 Formula Student China sponsored by Aiways. Seven teams brought driverless cars to the Formula Student China competition. The Organizing Committee introduced the driverless formula car race this year.
“The driverless car race is becoming popular in China,” said Kuang Shu Chi(匡书池), a new member of Hefei Technology University’s Formula Student driverless team.
Kuang Shu Chi(匡书池), 24, switched his major from a machinery engineering to autonomous car because of growing the demand.
China’s driverless car market is expected to reach 200 billion RMB in 2020, and there will be around 8.6 million autonomous vehicles on the road by 2035, according to the China Industrial Information Network. This forecast has not only inspired thousands of students like Kuang Shu Chi(匡书池), but also hundreds of start-ups like KITTCAMP to enter driverless car industry in China.