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China’s self-driving efforts need to accelerate

Vehicles drive on the Guomao Bridge during the evening rush hour in Beijing, September 3, 2014. Picture taken using a tilt shift lens.
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It might seem like a dream, but it's very real.
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Like in many countries, the allure of self-driving cars—and the safety, savings and efficiencies they promise—is a powerful one. That’s why, earlier this year, the Chinese government’s top economic-policy agency set a goal to have half the new cars on China’s roads to be partially or fully autonomous by the end of 2020. If done right, a fleet of fully autonomous electric cars this large could be one of the most resource-efficient systems of transport the modern world has seen.

Welcome to our field guide on China’s electric-vehicle industry. Check out other parts of our deep dive here.

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