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China is poised to lead in self-driving cars—and it’s not because of technology

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China may adopt self-driving cars faster than the US, but not because of any technological advantage. A survey released Tuesday (Feb. 20) by TÜV Rheinland,Read full story

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  • Is it about the data collection or is it really about convenience? Sure, China does collect data, but so do Facebook, Amazon, and Google, Verizon and most credit card companies. While paranoia about the government misusing our info is a very Western trait, we easily hand it over to corporations who have

    Is it about the data collection or is it really about convenience? Sure, China does collect data, but so do Facebook, Amazon, and Google, Verizon and most credit card companies. While paranoia about the government misusing our info is a very Western trait, we easily hand it over to corporations who have little to no compunction about using it for their benefit and not the consumers. But in China, which leapfrogged from landlines to mobile, as well as from credit cards to mobile payment, any technology that makes life more convenient is welcome.

  • Interesting that the citizens of an authoritarian government or more willing to handover their personal information. I wonder if it’s because they feel they have already lost control of their own privacy.

  • Self driving car in China. China is where business could find higher ratio of early adopters and huge volume of them.

  • Is this sentiment between Chinese and Americans an extension of the social fabric between communism (togetherness, obedience) and democracy (individualism, questioning)?

  • Interestingly enough, we expect sparks of innovation to live in Individualistic Cultures, like the US. While radical change can be terrifying, China’s Communal Culture is allowing them to advance far faster when it comes to technology that sweeps across the population.

    As a kid from the suburbs, reaching

    Interestingly enough, we expect sparks of innovation to live in Individualistic Cultures, like the US. While radical change can be terrifying, China’s Communal Culture is allowing them to advance far faster when it comes to technology that sweeps across the population.

    As a kid from the suburbs, reaching an age where you could slowly back out of the driveway while waving goodbye to your parents only to speed down the next side road was a feeling of utter joy—I do hope the youth has something to compare.

  • Whether we like it or not, the authoritarian government in China has proven itself massively successful in developing their economy. Material well being is at the highest its ever been in China, and is only getting higher (6.7% annual GDP growth still) and thus Chinese citizens have an interesting relationship

    Whether we like it or not, the authoritarian government in China has proven itself massively successful in developing their economy. Material well being is at the highest its ever been in China, and is only getting higher (6.7% annual GDP growth still) and thus Chinese citizens have an interesting relationship with their government. They may or may not like arbitrary laws, but they do get results.

  • The good part of an authoritarian economy is its flexible and drastic distribution of resource, and if the government promulgates to do something, it will just happen. In China, the sense of “privacy” is one of the Western traits that have recently started to be incorporated to Chinese people,’s mind

    The good part of an authoritarian economy is its flexible and drastic distribution of resource, and if the government promulgates to do something, it will just happen. In China, the sense of “privacy” is one of the Western traits that have recently started to be incorporated to Chinese people,’s mind and they are open simply because most of them know there are nothing guilty to hide in their lives.

    But I’m just wondering how China will absorb and sustain the vast amount of employment of those laid-off taxi drivers.

  • The US Media refuses to recognize that not all state capitalism/dictatorships are the same. This home bias will blind our citizens and will hurt our diplomatic effectiveness. This article sheds light on a few subtle but positive insights that goes counter to the negative articles around Xi Jinping’s

    The US Media refuses to recognize that not all state capitalism/dictatorships are the same. This home bias will blind our citizens and will hurt our diplomatic effectiveness. This article sheds light on a few subtle but positive insights that goes counter to the negative articles around Xi Jinping’s attempt to establish which is a dictatorship (recent Economist article). I will choose democratic freedom - always. I also understand the strengths and weaknesses of all forms of government. Would the Chinese in this survey be so willing to give up their data privacy if they were feeling repressed? Is there a level of trust under their autocratic rule that doesn’t exist here in the US? Doesn’t this imply that the rapid adoption of technology due to this trust imply the quality of life is increasing, not decreasing in China? All of this is occurring under Xi. Is everyone really happy with our President Trump or any past presidents? Just look at the current and past presidential approval ratings. I’d argue that many feel repressed in the US but we don’t see it that way. Yet the US middle class continues to shrink and the household debt burden remains problematic.

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