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Ministry drafts policies to promote self-driving vehicles
    2018-January-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA’S Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is working on a draft document for autonomous driving, which is part of China’s efforts to promote the cutting-edge technology domestically, according to a source close to the matter.

“The Central Government is eager to do it,” said Wu Zhixin, vice president of the China Automotive Technology & Research Center. “The Beijing Municipal Government has released a guideline and the Central Government will promulgate that before any local government will follow Beijing’s example.”

China expects smart cars with partial or fully autonomous functions to account for 50 percent of new vehicles sold in the country by 2020, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

The Beijing guideline on autonomous driving, which was released in late December, is the first document of its kind in the country.

It applies to independent entities registered in China, allowing them to test at most five vehicles at a time, but before conducting road tests they must first complete tests in designated closed zones, according to the guideline.

Wu said specific requirements about the tests in closed zones have not been finalized and his center will recruit experts in the field to conduct a comprehensive study soon.

“It is like when we obtain our driving licenses. We must pass tests in a controlled environment before we are allowed to hit the road,” he said.

To aid the technology’s development, he suggested that a large swath of lower-level functions, or advanced driving assist systems, be promoted first.

“We should start with the basics, like autonomous parking, which is easy to realize in simple environments like parking lots,” said Wu.

“First we promote them, and then more people will use them. When more people use them, carmakers will have returns on investments so they will have the money to invest further.”

A lot of carmakers and tech companies have been pushing forward autonomous driving.

Baidu Inc. has been moving ahead with the R&D of autonomous driving technology. In April 2017, it launched Apollo, an open platform on which its technologies can be shared with developers and automakers.

It also announced plans to unveil Level 3 autonomous functions in mass-produced cars by 2019 in cooperation with Chinese carmakers including JAC Motors and BAIC Motor.

China’s SAIC Motor is teaming up with Intel to develop autonomous cars based on its Mobileye technology. (China Daily)

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