On 5 January 2018, the National Development and Reform Commission (‘NDRC’) circulated for public comment the draft Smart Car Innovation and Development Strategy (智能汽车创新发展战略).
A smart car refers to a partial or complete automatic driving function achieved through advanced sensors, controllers and other devices and the use of new technologies such as information and communications technologies, the internet, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.
According to the draft, the smart car strategy can address China's expanding traffic, energy consumption and pollution problems and simultaneously intensify its structural reforms and development strategies.
The draft includes specific strategic benchmarks. By 2020, smart cars will account for 50% of all new cars in China and the basic framework for implementing the strategy will be in place. By 2025, China will develop and implement a new generation automotive wireless communications network based on 5G-V2X technology and complete industry regulation. By 2035, China will become a global leader in the smart car sector.
To achieve these goals, the strategy calls for the development of:
- An autonomous and controllable smart car technology innovation system.
- An integrated international smart car industry cluster and a system of smart car technical standards and regulations.
- An advanced and complete smart car communications network.
- Smart car product supervision and information security systems.
According to the draft, officials from the State Council will establish a national leading group with the guidance of a board of directors and an expert committee to lead and help implement the strategy. Industry participants, including domestic and foreign enterprises and individuals, will be eligible for tax and other incentives to promote the development and commercialisation of related core technologies.