China’s Legislation on Autonomous Cars Rolls out

In China, on March 24, 2021, the Ministry of Public Security of China issued the Draft Proposed Amendments of the Road Traffic Safety Law (the “MPS Proposed Amendments”). The MPS Proposed Amendments clarify the requirements related to road testing of, and access by, vehicles equipped with automated driving functions, as well as regulating how liability for traffic violations and accidents will be allocated.[3] This marks the first time China has proposed specific legislation for autonomous cars at the level of the Road Traffic Safety Act. This is a significant milestone…

Taken together the MPS Proposed Amendments and Shenzhen Draft Regulations can be seen as the beginning of China specifically legislating in respect of autonomous cars.

This article will provide an introduction and brief commentary on the main provisions of the MPS Proposed Amendments and the Shenzhen Draft Regulations.