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China army developing unmanned car to 'help driver sleep': Reports

Published on Jan 23, 2013 5:22 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The Chinese army is developing an unmanned road vehicle, official military media reported on Wednesday, adding it could be put to civilian use to reduce fatigue at the wheel and allow drivers to "sleep in peace".

The Fierce Lion 3 is fitted with a sophisticated computer which can track nearby traffic, along with radar, video cameras and satellite navigation, enabling it to overtake and make other manoeuvres safely, the report said.

The car - which looks like a standard sports utility vehicle, with cameras added - completed a 114 kilometre test drive in 85 minutes, reaching speeds of 105 kph, according to the PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the People's Liberation Army.

The exercise was described as being on a "highway" and the vehicle overtook slower-moving traffic 33 times, it added, saying that on occasion, it refrained from overtaking because it would be dangerous.

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