China: ADAS to Self-driving Cars – The Journey Starts
The move towards self-driving cars is relentless and China as the world’s largest auto market and a leader in internet technologies wants to be at the cutting edge of this revolution. That self-driving cars is a huge potential market. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the automotive field in recent years and is considered by most commentators to be an essential milestone towards automated driving. Although market, demand and the technology for ADAS is in place in China and manufacturers are ready to introduce such systems the widespread adoption has been slowed by the sluggish pace of regulations. This article focuses on the main legal issues for aftermarket solutions under the current PRC legal regime. As the technology is innovative it is natural that the legal regime has difficulty in keeping up – the PRC legal regime is no exception. Under current PRC law, Aftermarket Solutions for ADAS will likely face both legal barriers as well as liability issues.