Self-Driving Regulation in China

China recently released some basic guidelines for self-driving car development. As an American, I don’t always fully comprehend the line in China between private companies and the government. How much guidance to self-driving car developers in China get from published laws and regulations, and how much comes from internal communication with the relevant government agencies?

Here are the public guidelines:

“The rules lay out requirements that vehicles must first be tested in non-public zones, that road tests can only be on designated streets and that a qualified person must always sit in the driver’s position, ready to take over control.”

As best I can tell from English translations, that is the extent of the rules. Presumably there must be more, but I don’t know if the rest is available in Chinese, or if you have to be in the industry there and know the right people to figure it out.

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