Shenzhen rolls out regulations for autonomous driving

2022-07-08 Editor : Zhao Li ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- South China’s Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, is blazing a trail for emerging technology trends to allow fully autonomous vehicles to run on certain roads designated by the city's traffic management department.

A new regulation, first-of-its-kind tailored for smart and connected vehicle management, is scheduled to come into force on August 1.

The regulation provides that drivers will bear responsibilities and liabilities in the event of traffic breaches if they are seated in the cockpit. For fully autonomous vehicles, if violations or accidents occur when the self-driving system is in control with no human driver in the cockpit, the car owner and operator will in principle be liable for the violation or accident, but the penalties won't be factored into the driver violation point system.

If an accident is attributed to vehicle defects, the driver or car owner is entitled to file for compensation with carmakers and vendors after fulfilling their penalty obligations.

The trailblazing regulation fills the legal gap for domestic intelligent connected vehicles(ICVs) and clarifies rules for liability and auto insurance coverage in the event of car accidents. It is expected to ramp up the commercialization of autonomous driving solutions, industry insiders said.

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