Amid headlines of the impending arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on China’s roads, Michael Shu, general manager of the Auto Intelligent Ecology Institute at Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD, says the technology should be viewed with a level head.

“We need to look at self-driving cars with a calm eye,” he told attendees at TechCrunch Shenzhen today (November 19). “Driverless cars need to become more mature, rules and regulations still need to be formulated, and ethical issues need to be solved.”

AVs have become a hot topic—especially in China. Earlier this year, the country issued a set of national standards for AV testing. Before this, regional standards had been implemented, slowing the development process. To speed up advancement, Chinese tech companies have been partnering with vehicle manufacturers. Search giant Baidu has partnered with automotive firms including BYD and Ford to develop and test self-driving cars.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.