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China Bans Self-Driving Car Tests On Public Highways

A new report from Bloomberg revealed that Chinese auto industry regulators are said to be collaborating with police to come up with rules regarding autonomous car testing. As a result, the industry has come out with a draft of the preliminary regulations. She Weizhen, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, revealed that work toward implementing autonomous vehicle regulations is well under way but didn’t give a time frame as to when the regulations will be finalized and released. Until they are, the government says self-driving cars cannot test on public highways. China’s push for self-driving cars is part of a broader plan that urges automakers to upgrade their technologies as emerging countries compete for new factory jobs that are more labor-intensive. Bloomberg also points out that a moratorium on highway testing could cause setbacks in the introduction of autonomous vehicles in China since it won’t allow automakers to take into account traffic conditions and driving habits.

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