The Chinese government proclaimed a crackdown on road traffic safety in 2004, but traffic-accidents have not shown a decline.

Car ownership in China continues to increase, with 126 million private vehicles in China by the end of 2014, a year-on-year increase of 15.5 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Nearly a third of the world’s 50 most congested cities are in China, with Beijing ranking 19th according to a traffic congestion report covering more than 200 cities worldwide.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com