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China Aiming to Integrate Artificial Intelligence in All New Vehicles by 2020, Become World’s Smart Car Leader by 2035

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The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) this month announced its intention to integrate artificial intelligence technology into half or more of all new cars sold in the country by 2020. The NDRC also expressed its intention to blanket 90% of all major Chinese cities with a wireless network capable of supporting smart vehicle infrastructure.

Reuters reported that the NDRC will seek feedback from the public with regards to its preliminary national smart car strategy through January 20th. The plan calls for China to earn the reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality smart cars by as soon as 2035. In order to achieve this aim, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China reports that the NDRC will establish an advisory group consisting in part of State Council officials to help lay the groundwork in terms of policies and guidance.

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Writes China’s State Council:

Smart cars are vehicles installed with new technologies such as big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, according to the plan.

The country will cover 90 percent of its big cities and highways with a wireless network that can support smart cars by 2020 and ensure product supervision and information security.

It will also work to build a technological innovation system and integrated industry cluster for smart cars, and unveil relevant laws and regulations to encourage the sector.

China is poised not only to become a leader in terms of smart vehicles, but also with respect to the proliferation of electrified vehicle technology. The country announced plans last year to phase out fossil fuel vehicles by 2025, which makes China key to automakers’ plans to increase EV output. General Motors, for example, plans to launch 20 fully-electric vehicles worldwide by 2023, and it is expected that China will play a significant role in that initiative.

“Globally, but especially here in China, car companies are shifting and new companies emerging with a focus on electrified products,” said Jennifer Goforth, GM China chief engineer of Electrification. “Our industry cannot get to zero emissions overnight. It will require testing components, suppliers, and systems, and proving their worth in the real world and in the hands of customers.”

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News Source: Reuters, The State Council of the People’s Republic of China