Half of all its new cars sold in China are expected to be smart cars by 2020, according to a document released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Jan. 5 which is soliciting public opinions.
According to the NDRC, China will be a “smart-vehicle power” before 2035, whose standards of smart vehicle manufacturing will be used worldwide.
The NDRC considers the upgrading of the automobile industry an urgent need, calling the transformation from mechanic products under manual operation to smart devices a priority of the industry.
It believes China is holding institutional advantages, because through national-level planning, the allocation of resources would be easier to achieve.
In addition, the overall scale of the Chinese automobile industry, internationally leading communication technologies, and the rapid development of infrastructure will all contribute to the effort to implement the smart car strategy.
The NDRC said that 90% of major cities and expressways will be covered by vehicular with a wireless network that can support smart vehicles by 2020, and the China-developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System will achieve full coverage of the country.
In the future, smart vehicles are expected to be interconnected by a system that integrates not only automobiles but also traffic lights.