Shenzhen Stipulates Owners Responsible if Regulations Violated while in Unmanned Vehicles

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported on September 3 that the Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress recently reviewed the Regulations on the Management of Intelligently Networked Vehicles in Shenzhen’s Special Economic Zone.

The regulations stipulate that when an unmanned intelligently networked vehicle breaks the law, the owner and people who manage the vehicle will bear responsibility. However, this stipulation doesn’t apply to a driver’s penalty points.

To eliminate potential safety hazards, the regulations stipulate that the temporary driving license plate issued by the traffic administrative department of the municipal public security organ must be obtained before road tests. After the license plate has been received, an application for a demo test can then be carried out in Shenzhen. At the same time, in response to the requirements raised by some enterprises, special provisions are being issued to encourage qualified enterprises in the industry to build road and traffic scene simulation platforms for the purpose of testing and technical verification.

Intelligently networked vehicles are different from traditional vehicles in a few ways. First, they are equipped with complex systems composed of advanced sensors, communicators, controllers, and other devices and involved multiple types of technologies to work together in a certain order. It can be extremely difficult for untrained personnel to fully control them. To fully guarantee safety, carmakers and retailers are required to provide technical support and rescue services for the parties during the operation of vehicles, especially in case of failures, accidents, abnormalities or emergencies.

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Therefore, the regulations stipulate that under special circumstances, carmakers and retailers have the obligation to provide timely and comprehensive technical support or rescue services to vehicle owners, drivers, or passengers to ensure their personal and property safety.