The Chinese government aims for being a leading world cyber power by 2035 and the autonomous vehicle segment is a core part of this strategy. The Chinese government has begun to show strong support for autonomous driving vehicle technology as it begins to fast-track the sector in China.
Now China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is working on a draft bill for autonomous driving. The mandate from the central government is that 50% of all new vehicles sold in China by 2020 must have partial or full autonomous functions, state media reports quoting the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The new draft policy by the MIIT is to be released soon, and will be followed by local provincial and city government announcing policies to enhance and fast-track the segment.
China to spearhead US$1 trillion autonomous driving revolution. 290 cities have initiated ‘smart-city’ pilot projects, including 93 that are focused on mobility that could potentially use infrastructure interlinked by software to allow driverless cars, or autonomous vehicle and shared-driving models. A statistic represents the projected size of the autonomous driving market in China from 2016 through 2021. In 2016, the Chinese autonomous driving market was sized at around two billion euros. Globally, this market is expected to grow from 9.5 billion euros in 2016 to 39.6 billion euros in 2021.
However Autonomous cars have some major hurdles to overcome before they become part of the transportation landscape. including the Cost – How to achieve economies of scale so that technology moves to mid tier segments where volumes are there; Standardization – Lack of interoperability for Radar, Lidar, Vision data in car network; Regulatory – Regulation for Autonomous cars are evolving. There is no clear standards for testing, certification of autonomous cars, safety regulations, definition on “Who is liable in case of a mishap…”; Validation – lengthy validation cycles; As per the report from Rand corporation titled, “How Many Miles of Driving Would It Take to Demonstrate Autonomous Vehicle Reliability?”, it would take 275 million miles/12.5 years of driving to demonstrate with 95% confidence that the failure rate is at most 1.09 fatalities/100 million miles. This is a long validation cycles and there is a need to adapt non-traditional ways to accelerate validation of autonomous vehicles.
Testing and validation has become a big concern for autonomous driving technology readiness. The China Autonomous Driving Testing Innovation Conference 2018 will address those challenges and solutions for you to faster product maturity and bringing safer autonomous vehicles to market much faster than anticipated.