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Savari's sensor can capture information that is relevant for driverless cars (Photo: Savari)

Savari said SAIC Motors will distribute its V2X wireless sensor technology in China, providing the US-based technology company with new growth opportunities in the world's biggest car market.

Savari, which makes safety communications technology for interactions between vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure, wants its sensor systems to play an important role in the development of self-driving vehicles.

SAIC Motors, China's largest car group, will be both distributor and reseller of Savari technology in China and several other east Asian markets.

"When we looked for a partner to bring our next-gernation V2X sensor technology to the China connected and self-driving car market, SAIC was our top choice," Savari CEO Ravi Puvvala said in a statement.

Savari said it is already working with SAIC to deliver sensor systems to Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University. They are planning to run a live open-road smart city test featuring more than 10,000 vehicles equipped with Savari's V2X technology.