Self-driving cars
12:30 AM | April 1 2016

Self-driving cars: Could China take the lead?

China will have a very important role in the development of self-driving cars that will transform the way we get around crowded cities. This will be the subject of an international seminar on autonomous driving to be held in Beijing on 7 April by Volvo Cars.
China’s enormous growth and the accompanying rapid increase in personal transport means the country faces challenges related to urban transport, such as congestion, air quality and time lost to commuting. Self-driving cars have the potential to help with these issues, as well as safety and efficiency.

The Beijing seminar will address these issues and discuss China’s role as a potential global leader in developing self-driving cars. Among the 400 participants will be Swedish and Chinese government officials, as well as car industry representatives from Volvo Cars and academia, international and local Chinese media. The event will be part of Volvo’s drive to get governments, legislators and industry to collaborate on the development of self-driving cars, a way of working which already is implemented in Sweden via the Drive Me project in which Volvo together with other partners, representing the public and private sector, are collaborating in order to make selfdriving cars a reality.

Along with discussing how self-driving cars will help improve China’s transport network, it will address the challenges of gaining approval for testing self-driving cars on public roads.

This is the third in a series of Volvo Cars seminars on self-driving cars. At the first, in Washington DC, CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced Volvo Cars will accept full liability for the actions of its autonomous cars. This was followed by a debate at the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm in March 2016, entitled “A future with self-driving cars – threat or opportunity?

The next event will be held in London and will focus on the implications of self-driving cars for the insurance industry.