China’s Changan Demos 55 Autonomous Car Platoon

Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. tested a 55-vehicle fleet of autonomous vehicles driving in line on a closed highway in China.

The caravan set a Guinness World Record for the number of autonomous vehicles. Changan says the demonstration started with 56 vehicles but one was disqualified after the on-board backup driver briefly took control of it.

During the record-setting tests, the crossover vehicles operated in autonomous mode for more than nine minutes over a curving two-mile stretch of road. Traveling at 19 mph, the vehicles stayed in a single-file line within the driving lane.

Changan, which has been testing self-driving cars for several years, aims to launch a semi-autonomous model next year. Last month the carmaker opened an innovation center in Chongqing with partner Huawei Technologies Co. to develop autonomous and 5G connected car technologies.

Watch a video of the record test HERE.