3. China's AVs will think and drive differently
AVs built in China will look, feel and drive differently because they're being developed in an ecosystem of infrastructure, technical standards and regulatory requirements distinct from those of their U.S. and European counterparts, China business consultant Patrick Lozada writes for Axios Expert Voices.
Why it matters: Infrastructure investments in particular will help China meet its goal of 10% of vehicles reaching Level 4/5 autonomy by 2030. However, China’s walled-garden approach to AVs will also make it harder for foreign firms to enter the market.
- In the long run it could limit Chinese AV players as they seek to expand beyond the country’s borders.
There are several key differences between Chinese AVs and those being developed elsewhere...
1. Standards: In 2017, the Chinese government called for more than 100 domestic standards for AVs and other internet-connected vehicles.
- Rather than GPS, for example, AVs will use China's home-brewed BeiDou GNSS standard — which requires different receiver chips to communicate with Chinese satellites.
2. Data inputs: Chinese AVs will "see" much more than U.S. vehicles that rely heavily on onboard sensors, thanks to the government's push to expand smart infrastructure like a national 5G network that will provide the vehicles data about their environment.
3. Empowered planners: China’s city planners have greater authority than their American and European counterparts.
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Lozada is a director in the China practice of Albright Stonebridge, a strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm.