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SAE China to set standards for vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity
Reuters | 2016/12/23

BEIJING -- In 2018, China will review standards for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and lay out a common national standard after that, said the chief of the Society of Automotive Engineers of China.
 
China's aim to establish a national standard could speed the introduction of driverless cars, contrasting with a patchwork of state laws and standards in the United States that some in the industry say could hold back development. 

Earlier this year, SAE China set out to interpret vague directives for the automotive industry in sweeping 13th Five Year Plan and "Made in China 2025" policy. The industry group did so under the direction of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and with input from every major Chinese automaker.

The resulting 450-page road map, issued in October, lays out specific policy objectives for virtually every aspect of the automotive industry, including driverless vehicles and electric cars, for three five-year periods to 2030. 

The document, however, stopped short of establishing a unified standard for cars to communicate with each other and surrounding infrastructure (V2I), both of which are crucial for autonomous vehicles. 

China will "lay the foundation" for V2V and V2I standards in 2018 in the next update of the roadmap, with a more exact standard to be developed between 2020 and 2025 and agreed to by all automakers, said SAE China chief Fu Yuwu. 

China's method of central unified planning could prove to be more effective than countries like Japan, which is struggling to coax its big three automakers to agree on standards, 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." 

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