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.