On the morning of November 2, the groundbreaking ceremony for the East China (Dongying) Intelligent Connected Vehicle (ICV) Test Site project was held in the Agricultural High-tech Industrial Demonstration Area of the Yellow River Delta, Dongying City, China. A total of over 200 people attended the ceremony, including head of the EVE Rubber Institute, Wang Mengjiao, Sailun’s CEO, Yuan Zhongxue, FAW Group leaders, Xi Guohua, as well as leaders of the local Dongying government.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sailun
It is reported that the project covers an area of about 9,100 mu and is expected to start construction next year. The first phase will be put into operation in early 2023. The facilities of the test site include an ICV test area (including closed/semi-closed/open road test area), comprehensive performance test area, laboratory test area, etc., which can provide comprehensive R&D and testing services for automobiles, tyres and auto parts enterprises. It is planned to develop the site into an intelligent testing platform which can meet top world standards, thereby providing services for the development and testing of artificial intelligence and intelligent transportation technology.
In addition, Sailun Group will also cooperate with FAW Group and other vehicle manufacturers, parts companies, communication companies, internet companies, infrastructure service companies and other partners to build a whole industrial chain on the East China Test Site.
This cooperation and industrial chain will cover R&D, manufacturing, sales, and services related to automobile and tyres, and bring these and their supporting enterprises together in one place. Aspects of this include developing industrial tourism projects, building a talent exchange platform where new talent can flourish, an area for the application, repair and maintenance of new ICVs, and finally drive the technology improvement of China’s automobile industry.