The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) and two other authorities jointly published the Administration Measures of Road Testing of Intelligent Connected Vehicles (for trial implementation) (“Measures”) on 12 April 2018.

Enterprises that apply for testing must be independent legal entities registered in China. They should be capable of manufacturing, developing or testing intelligent connected vehicles (ICVs). They must also be able to pay for any potential damages caused by the tests.

The test drivers should sign a labour or service contract with the respective enterprise. The drivers should also have the correct driver’s licence and have more than three years’ worth of driving experience. The drivers must also have had training in automatic driving and they must be familiar with the operation of the vehicle. The drivers must be able to respond in an emergency.

The tested vehicles must not be registered. They should be equipped with both a manual operation and an automatic driving mode that can safely switch back and forth. During real road tests, the tested ICVs should have on their body the word “automatic driving test” in striking colours to remind surrounding vehicles to pay attention.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Measures.