On 15 December 2017, three government agencies of the Beijing Municipality (i.e. the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology) jointly released the Guiding Opinions of the Beijing Municipality on Accelerating the Work of Road Tests for Autonomous Vehicles (for Trial Implementation) (“Guiding Opinions”) and the Detailed Implementation Rules of the Beijing Municipality for the Administration of the Road Tests of Autonomous Vehicles (for Trial Implementation) (“Implementation Rules”). Although the Guiding Opinions and the Implementation Rules are applicable in Beijing only, they are the very first regulations dealing with road tests of autonomous vehicles in China. The Guiding Opinions and the Implementation Rules mark a significant move in China’s implementation of its intelligent and connected vehicle initiative and legislation over autonomous driving vehicles.

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