China to issue national standard for driverless technology

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Changan's driverless cars are turned into an expressway during a 2,000-kilometer road test in Chongqing, southwest China, April 12, 2016. (Xinhua/Liu Chan) Changan’s driverless cars are turned into an expressway during a 2,000-kilometer road test in Chongqing, southwest China, April 12, 2016. (Xinhua/Liu Chan)

The Chinese government is planning to set up a national standard for driverless technology to better regulate the growing industry.

A set of technological specifications for driverless technology is currently being formulated, an anonymous official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said at a seminar in Shanghai on Tuesday.

The Society of Automotive Engineers of China is also close to finishing a national auto-intelligence network technology roadmap, which will be made public soon, thepaper.cn reported.

Meanwhile, Shanghai’s Jiading district has become China’s first pilot zone for testing the guidelines after Ministry’s approval. The first phase of testing began on Tuesday. It offers a test field for self-driving cars, according to the report from thepaper.cn.

The test zone currently covers an area of 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles), and a second and third phase of construction, to be completed by 2020, will expand the pilot zone to cover some 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles) of Jiading. More roads in the area will also be open for testing during the second and third phase.

Employees told thepaper.cn that the testing zone can simulate all kinds of traffic conditions, including collisions, road construction and speeding.

“China should actively participate in the setting of international standards and regulations in order to promote smart car development. The pilot zone in Shanghai will provide a better testing and demonstration environment to promote the regulation of self-driving cars,” said Fu Yuwu, a board chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers, at the seminar.

Story by People’s Daily

  • brian_gilbert

    Completely driverless zones are viable now. So a standard for the appropriate control system is needed. It would control all the vehicles in the zone which would be hired by the trip like taxis. The vehicles would travel in slots in road lanes much as trains do now, THey would be switched between lanes, as necessary to reach their destination. It is apparent that with this system control is much simpler than for vehicles roaming the width of the carriageway mixed with human-driven vehicles.