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How we get about will be transformed as ‘smart mobility’ makes new inroads

Shanghai’s new plan to promote the development of digital economy encompasses what is called the “smart mobility sector,” including commercial application of intelligent and connected vehicles.

The plan seeks to expand after-sales automotive services, encourage the development of car-sharing services, explore new modes of transport like robo-taxis and accelerate the creation of a “smart mobility service chain.”

“Shanghai will consider a pilot project to allow intelligent and connected vehicles to do road tests on highways and encourage research and development in the sector,” the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Informatization said. “The city will seek to expand the openness of the auto industry through sharing of road test data.”

The city will also promote itself as a center for projects related to intelligent and connected cars as part of a broader plan to become a world-class automotive center.

Shanghai will conduct pilot projects related to the production and use of high-precision navigation electronic mapping and a reduction in the complexity of driverless vehicles.

It will encourage gas stations to develop new non-contact sales models for refueling and will accelerate the integration of navigation and other service technologies that optimize travel routes through digitalized traffic control and information on traffic conditions.

It will focus on online car-hailing operations to provide users with stable transportation capacity and better service. The city aims to have 1 million car-hailing vehicles within five years.

From 2021 to 2025, the plan calls for the city to build “mobility ecology” and industry chains in fields such as smart charging facilities, repair and maintenance, usage-based insurance and financial leasing.


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