The Chinese government could soon adopt some German laws concerning autonomous vehicles . This is indeed what a German legal expert, Eric Hilgendorf, professor of law at the University of Würzburg and member of the Ethics Commission of the German Government on autonomous driving, says. If so, this would be a real boon for the German car industry.

This eminent specialist specifies to support his claims that the Middle Kingdom is currently evaluating a German legal text that lays the foundation for the use of autonomous vehicles. He added that he had been invited to visit China in the coming weeks to present certain elements of the German law. The specialist will give three lectures at the Renmin University of China Law School and hold high level meetings on the new legislation.

According to him, China could adopt a large part of the German civil and criminal laws in force in the field of autonomous driving, however, adopting some modifications with regard to the penal legislation.

Speaking after a speech last week at a conference on artificial intelligence, Eric Hilgendorf said that the Chinese are most often ready to adopt large parts of German legislation as soon as he these were technical problems.

The stakes are of great importance for the German industry. Indeed, according to the expert, the adoption by China of laws and directives similar to the German texts would be a great asset for the German car manufacturers. Their products should indeed respond more easily to Chinese standards, if any …. and for good reason. Which means in the end, less technical and legal constraints and exports made easier . What allow groups of Germans to make a pretty place in the sun …

Manufacturers around the world are now teaming up with technology companies in areas such as machine learning and mapping. While playing with Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Tesla and Apple to develop autonomous vehicles on their own.

Both the auto industry and the US high-tech giants see huge potential revenues in the autonomous vehicle market, which could be available for wide use within just two years. But many countries still need to enact legislation to allow autonomous cars to operate on open roads.

Last year, Germany was a forerunner in the field by enacting a law requiring that a driver always sit behind the wheel, ready to regain control if the vehicle incited him. The German automakers , Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have all invested heavily in technology.

The new German legislation allows them to test on-road vehicles in which drivers will be allowed to take their hands off the wheel and lift their eyes from the road – such as to surf the Internet or check their emails – while the vehicle is heading or brakes independently.

Hilgendorf was part of the committee appointed by the German government which established the first ethical guidelines in the world for the field of autonomous cars. His work concerns in particular the requirements to be respected to allow the software of control to avoid traffic accidents with sometimes fatal consequences .

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