Shanghai (Gasgoo)- On March 14, Chongqing issued the Chongqing Regulations on Autonomous Vehicle Road Testing (Trial) (Chongqing Regulations), and became the third city in China to issue road testing regulations for autonomous vehicles following Beijing and Shanghai. This is another important movement that injects momentum to China's autonomous driving industry.
The Chongqing Regulations defines the qualification of the regulatory body and the testing applicants. It requires the applicant to be an independent legal entity registered in China with the capability of R&D and manufacturing related to autonomous driving technologies and products. Besides, the testing applicant is required to present a concrete vehicle testing plan in terms of the testing requirements and submit an application form to the regulatory body 10 workdays prior to the vehicle test.
The Chongqing Regulations also requires that the tested autonomous vehicle must have a driver in the driver's seat. The testing driver must be an individual authorized by the applicant and authorities to take emergencies as required.
To ensure human safety, the testing driver is required to take a half hour break every 2 hours and the aggregate testing time per driver cannot exceed 6 hours per day.
Under the Chongqing Regulations, the testing driver and the testing applicant should be liable for any violation of traffic laws and any traffic accidents caused.
Generally, the Chongqing Regulation is quite similar to the Beijing Regulation that was released in December last year.
Some industrial insiders analyze that the tests in real driving environment will collect more valuable data than that of in closed field which will boost the upgrading of autonomous driving algorithms.
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