Shang­hai to ex­pand AV test facilities

China Daily European Weekly - - Business - By SHI JING shi­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Shang­hai gov­ern­ment has un­veiled plans to ex­pand the city’s con­tri­bu­tion to the au­ton­o­mous driv­ing sec­tor by open­ing up more of its roads for tests.

The Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy said on May 17 that the city will soon ex­tend the length of road avail­able for test­ing such ve­hi­cles to 12 kilo­me­ters, from 5.6 km cur­rently. It said the move will sup­port wider test­ing of more sce­nar­ios.

The com­mis­sion made the an­nounce­ment at an in­ter­na­tional fo­rum held in Shang­hai on the risks of pub­lic road tests of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles.

A new set of road signs will be used in the test­ing area, which will be the first set of its kind in the coun­try.

The Shang­hai Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion said at the fo­rum that the city is con­sid­er­ing open­ing up more roads be­cause the tech­nol­ogy is be­com­ing ma­ture and risks are un­der con­trol.

A road in south­east Shang­hai’s Lin­gang area is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion for the tests.

Shang­hai re­leased reg­u­la­tions on self­driv­ing ve­hi­cle road tests on March 1. By ob­tain­ing a li­cense is­sued by the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, the Shang­hai Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion and the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau, au­tomak­ers can test their self-driv­ing cars in the des­ig­nated area in north Shang­hai’s Jiad­ing dis­trict.

To date, Shang­hai-based SAIC Mo­tor Corp Ltd, Shang­hai-based elec­tric ve­hi­cle startup Nio and BMW have all re­ceived li­censes.

Lu Zu­fang, a Jiad­ing dis­trict of­fi­cial, said the Na­tional In­tel­li­gent Con­nected Ve­hi­cles (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Zone in Jiad­ing has cre­ated 200 sce­nar­ios for var­i­ous driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment has also been ad­vanc­ing the de­vel­op­ment of au­ton­o­mous cars. In April, the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy re­leased reg­u­la­tions for road tests of smart con­nected ve­hi­cles.

The Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion wrote in guide­lines re­leased in Jan­uary that China will grow into a global leader in pro­duc­tion of smart cars by 2035. The mass pro­duc­tion of in­tel­li­gent cars is tar­geted for 2020.

Mar­ket re­search com­pany IDC pre­dicted in a re­port re­leased ear­lier this year that 30 per­cent of lo­cal gov­ern­ments in China will pub­lish de­tailed rules and reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing such road tests by 2020. If so, self-driv­ing cars will go into mass pro­duc­tion and use across the coun­try up to 18 months ear­lier than cur­rent es­ti­mates.

Global mar­ket con­sul­tancy Roland Berger wrote in a re­cent re­port that China is ac­cel­er­at­ing re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties to take the lead in au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, with a strong push for elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles and on­go­ing ur­ban traf­fic op­ti­miza­tion.

Ma­jor mea­sures by bank in­clude form­ing more fi­nanc­ing chan­nels for off­shore lenders

fi­nanc­ing chan­nels for off­shore lenders par­tic­i­pat­ing in yuan-de­nom­i­nated busi­nesses and ini­ti­at­ing steps to im­prove cross-bor­der cap­i­tal flows.

A se­ries of new mea­sures were is­sued on the cen­tral bank’s web­site on May 18, al­low­ing over­seas

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