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The first phase of a designated test site for  self-driving vehicles in Beijing's northeastern suburban district of  Shunyi has met the technical requirements to start trial runs.

A  ceremony for the test base covering a planned area of 80 hectares was  held at the 2020 World Intelligent Connected Vehicles Conference, which  concluded Friday in the city.

Construction  work has been completed on phase I of a 20-hectare test field, which is  designed with a complex of highway, urban and rural road environments,  as well as virtual simulation and smart-city vehicle-road collaboration  facilities.

Speaking  at the conference, Xiao Yaqing, minister of industry and information  technology, said intelligent connected vehicles are of great strategic  importance for the transformation and upgrading of China's automotive  industry.

The  ministry will promote innovations and improve the policy environment  for the high-quality development of the industry, Xiao noted.

As  the permanent site of the conference, Shunyi plans to build a 200  square km demonstration area for the innovation of intelligent connected  vehicles, according to Gao Peng, Party chief of Shunyi.

Beijing  currently has three closed test sites for self-driving vehicles, with  the two bases located in Yizhuang and Haidian districts.