China plans to adopt a national standard in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication that could lead the way for autonomous vehicle development.
Society of Automotive Engineers of China Chief Fu Yuwu on Wednesday announced that in 2018 a national standard will be released. That will come after reevaluating it V2V standards, along with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), for the next phase of the country’s roadmap being implemented between 2020 and 2025.
SAE-China and government officials would like to see a national standard adopted by all automakers in China. That would give China a competitive edge over the U.S., which is facing a battle between differing state rules and federal guidelines. Japan has also seen its big three automakers struggle to agree on a national standard for V2V and autonomous vehicles, he said.
“You can’t fundamentally use different channels (of communication) right? So in the end we need a unification process,” Fu told Reuters. “This will be complicated and difficult but is in the best interests of the industry.”
China is also known for being the world’s top-selling new vehicle market, which has been adding heavily to its traffic congestion and air pollution.
The evaluation process started earlier this year, led by SAE-China under of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Out of it came a 450-page roadmap, issued in October, that spelled out policy goals in self-driving cars, electric cars, and other automotive objectives. It covers five-year time periods through 2030. It was missing unified national standards for V2V and V2I, which led to SAE-China’s actions this month.
In November, TechCrunch reported that Chinese internet search engine giant Baidu rolled out out a self-driving car test on Chinese roads near Wuzhen. The public trial that opened last month featured cars supplied by Chinese automakers BYD, Chery, and BAIC.
Fu also addressed a question on national subsidies being tightened up on “new energy vehicles.” Fu said that the tightening restriction would not get in the way of meeting the initial target of seeing at least 7 percent of new vehicles sold in China being all-electric and plug-in hybrid by 2020. The market will have to adapt to subsidies phasing out soon, he said.
“Rolling them (subsides) back is important because you can’t rely on policy supports forever,” Fu added.