China makes self-drive car move with road-test standards


A report in the China Daily said the move is expected to facilitate the development of autonomous driving in the country, which is already the world’s largest car market and is determined to become a global automotive power in terms of smart cars.

The expectation of the Chinese government is that autonomous vehicles will make up half of all new vehicles sold by 2020.

Until the creation of national self-drive vehicle test standards, China has relied on local regional standards for road-testing vehicles.

The result has been fragmentation of the autonomous vehicle initiatives which was slowing progress.

The hope is that the new national standards will address this and kickstart new developments.

China has said it wants to be a major player in autonomous car development and production by 2035.

A local self-drive initiative by Baidu, involves global car makers such as Ford and Daimler.



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