Chinese government’s fear that self-driving cars could be used for spying has forced
them to block foreign automotive companies from mapping Chinese roads at
the quality they need to make their autonomous-vehicle technology work
well,in the world’s largest car market.The restrictions,however,do not
apply to Chinese car-makers.
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Automated and self-driving cars rely on cameras, advanced sensors
such as Lidar, and hyper accurate GPS maps to find their locations and
China has restricted the recording of geographic information for more
than a decade because it believes giving other countries access to that
information constitutes a security risk.
Geographic surveys can’t be performed without permission from the
government, and many digital cameras don’t record GPS coordinates for
geotagging, as they do in other countries.
Chinese firms like Baidu( above pics ) and TuSimple are already
working on autonomous driving. Their ability to map roads in their home
country unrestricted may give them an advantage there, something the
Chinese government probably wouldn’t mind.