Hong Kong Advances Autonomous Vehicle Trials


Hong Kong's transport minister Lam Sai-hung has announced a new regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles, allowing more flexible trials and usage on public roads. This move aims to increase public acceptance and confidence in driverless technology. The Transport Department now has the authority to exempt autonomous vehicle trials from certain regulations for better data collection under complex road conditions. This legislative change coincides with the release of a detailed code of practice for autonomous vehicle trials, and seven projects related to autonomous and internet-connected vehicles have been funded by the government. Private sector representatives, including car dealers, are optimistic about the new regulations, anticipating increased import and use of driverless cars to mitigate traffic congestion and contribute to smart city development.

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