Safety Guidelines for Autonomous Public Transport Vehicles – As part of its preparations for the growing use of driverless cars, China released safety rules on Tuesday for the use of autonomous vehicles in public transportation.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Transport, the rules apply to both freight and passenger autonomous vehicles, including taxis.
The regulations require all vehicles, regardless of automation level, to have a driver or security inspector on board.
Additionally, they specify that businesses can collaborate with manufacturers on such operations and mandate qualification and licensing requirements for enterprises utilizing autonomous vehicles for public transportation.
The biggest auto market in the world has been developing rules and guidelines for self-driving cars. By 2025, a system that supports assisted and autonomous driving functions is to be developed; by 2030, safety assurance will be established; and standards that facilitate the creation of autonomous driving apps are to be introduced.
China indicated last month that it will let connected and intelligent cars to be tested on public roads. It released guidelines in October for roadway engineering facilities to facilitate the use of driverless vehicles. Additionally, it released rules for the standardization of linked, intelligent cars in July.