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Fatal Accidents Occurring One after Another, MIIT Calls off Autopilot Road Testing

Date:07-26 09:28 Source:ITHome Authour:Zhong Ping

She Weizhen, Director of Automobile Division, Department of Equipment Industry, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), indicated that China was now drafting regulations for standardized road testing of autopilot systems, and before these regulations were finalized and issued, no auto maker should conduct any field testing on highways.

Before these regulations were finalized and issued, no auto maker should conduct any field testing on highways.

Fatal Accidents Occurring One after Another, MIIT Calls off Autopilot Road Testing

There have been several recent accidents with Tesla electric cars, resulting in public criticism of the autopilot system. In the Model X rollover crash in Pennsylvania the driver claimed that the autopilot system was engaged; the NHTSA is also investigating the fatal accident in May involving a Tesla Model S. Though Elon Musk says he is not giving up on autopilot, Tesla is now facing escalating doubts. In response to these accidents, the Governor of Missouri recently vetoed the pilot truck platooning program.

No Auto Maker should Conduct any Field Testing on Highways

While the safety of autopilot is being questioned in various countries, China is not sitting on its hands. In a recent industry forum held in Beijing, She Weizhen, Director of Automobile Division, Department of Equipment Industry, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), indicated that China was now drafting regulations for standardized road testing of autopilot systems, and before these regulations were finalized and issued, no auto maker should conduct any field testing on highways. Currently, a substantial number of internet companies in China are conducting autopilot tests. MIIT’s ban on these tests will have a short-term impact on the development of autopilot technology in China.

The First Draft of the Regulations had Been Completed

She Weizhen indicated that the first draft of the regulations had been completed, but did not specify exactly when they would be issued and come into effect.

When carrying out autopilot testing in urban areas, a lot of factors need to be taken into account, such as complex road conditions, traffic lights, and traffic jams. Should any accident occur in the rush hour, it could have a serious impact on traffic flow. In April, Chang’an Automobile completed nearly 2,000km of autopilot testing. In March, Geely and several other companies jointly requested that the Chinese government accelerate its work in formulating the legal and regulatory framework for the R&D and testing of this technology.


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