AUTONOMOUS CARS LAW IN ASIA:
Japan's Road Traffic Act and the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, which has been ratified by Japan, have been devised on the assumption that all cars will be manned by people who drive them. The act allows automatic driving if the driving can be controlled. But this Road Traffic Act will likely soon be revised, to eliminate the need for a driver.
By the end of 2017 the Japanese government plans to draw up law to govern use of fully driverless cars. The National Police Agency will consider who should take responsibility if a car without a driver or a steering wheel causes an accident. This autonomous cars law in Asia could allow manufacturers to road-test driverless cars on highways by the end of 2017.
Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. completed a 1,200-mile trip in April 2016 with a self-driving car on public roads. This test goes against all current driving laws in China and all autonomous cars law in Asia. Not being in control of a vehicle is punishable at all times. The chairmen Baidu have relentlessly urged the government to speed up the drafting of a legal framework for the technology.
China’s auto industry regulator said mid 2016 it is working with police to formulate rules governing the testing of autonomous cars, but at the same time warning automakers that they should not test self-driving vehicles on highways before the regulations are released.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and police have a preliminary draft of rules, according to She Weizhen, head of the ministry’s autos department. The draft will set out technical standards, including a common language for cars to communicate with each other and infrastructure, and regulatory guidelines.