China given green light for driverless car tests

Vastavam web: China has given the green light for road tests of self-driving cars in Beijing in an effort to foster the use of artificial intelligence for mobility, state media reported today.According to the Beijing municipal commission of transport, entities registered only in China can apply for the road test.The car should pass a technical assessment at a training ground before being allowed on open roads.

The regulation came after Baidu boss Robin Li test drove the company’s autonomous vehicle on Beijing’s open roads in July, causing controversy as there were no rules regarding such tests, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.According to a report by Tencent Research Institute, financing for aided or self-driving cars in China has reached 10.7 billion yuan (USD 1.6 billion).Mobility ranks third-hottest artificial intelligence- related industry following vision-image analysis and voice processing.