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China plans to industrialize smart car technology

Updated: Jan 22,2018 8:52 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China plans to push forward the development of smart cars and achieve the industrialization of key technology in the field, an official with the country’s top economic planner said on Jan 22.

China will unveil a three-year action plan to propose solutions for the industrialization of smart car technology such as chips and automatic driving systems, Yan Pengcheng, spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told a news conference.

“Smart cars have become a strategic direction for the future development of the auto industry,” said Yan.

The NDRC will also work toward the establishment of a national innovation and development platform for smart cars by uniting different links in the industry, Yan said.

China aims to make smart car production account for half of the country’s total new vehicles by 2020, according to a draft plan released by the NDRC earlier this month.

Smart cars are vehicles featuring technology such as big data, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, according to the plan.

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

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