Guangzhou Municipal government today released a Draft Guidance Opinion on Smart Vehicle Road Test (广州市关于智能网联汽车道路测试有关工作的指导意见(征求意见稿)). The government hopes to collect feedback from the public as soon as possible.

According to the Draft Guidance Opinion, corporates behind autonomous driving vehicles shall bear safety responsibility. Companies should buy commercial insurance that covers no less than RMB 5 million traffic accident compensation or demonstrate equivalent insurance compensation capability. Companies are also required to bear major responsibilities for all problems during the test procedures.

The government proposal demands that test vehicles must equip both manual and autonomous operation systems. The vehicle can only conduct permitted tests in designated closed environments. The minimum test time is 6 months, and the minimum test distance is 2,000 km.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com