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China issues national standards for the testing of autonomous vehicles

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Testing and development of autonomous technology in China is expected to increase now that national regulations have been determined and shared.

China has deployed a set of national standards for testing smart autonomous cars on roads, which is expected to accelerate the technology’s development.

Approximately 12 regional governments have previously issued their guidelines on the road testing of autonomous vehicles, with the first released in Beijing in December 2017, however this is the first set at a national level.

Local standards vary from region to region, posing barriers for companies that would like to conduct tests in different places. A set of national standards solves this problem, said the China Industry Innovation Alliance for the Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (CAICV).

The alliance, together with several other industry associations, was commissioned by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to accumulate the standards.

With safety as the overriding rule, the set of standards covers vehicle tests in 34 traffic situations, such as slowing down after detecting speed limit signs and stopping when pedestrians are identified ahead.

Special weather and road condition tests are not included, but different situations have been chosen for passenger and commercial vehicles.

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