On 12 June 2020, the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology, together with seven other provincial departments, has issued the Action Plan for the Development of the Internet of Vehicles (Intelligent Internet-connected Vehicles) Industry. The Plan aims to accelerate the establishment of a national-level pilot zone for the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) industry. Its objectives are to achieve:
- By 2021, an industrial output value exceeding 100 billion RMB, with a well-segmented industrial chain, two to three key clusters with a certain scale and strong competitiveness nation-wide, and a comprehensive regulatory and safety framework. Up to five demonstration projects for the C-V2X standard will have been launched;
- By 2025, become China’s key cluster for IoV industry, with advanced levels of digitalisation and smartification, and the total user base of IoV accounting to 60% of the total. By then, 5G-V2X and advanced autopilot functions should have already seen large-scale commercial application, while IoV with L4 autopilot systems should have started their trial operations.
In order to reach these objectives, the Plan outlines a total of 25 key tasks under different main themes that relevant provincial departments will implement. These include:
- Promote the development of IoV industry clusters: especially dedicated to R&D of IoV technologies (in Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, Suzhou and Yancheng), where new sensors and technologies such as AI, IoT, big data, virtual simulation, etc., will be applied. Clusters for R&D of IoV components will be established in Nanjing, Wuxi and Suzhou with the aim to solve existing bottlenecks in environment perception, decision-making and planning, coordinated control, etc.
- Enhance indigenous innovation capacities: by launching key major projects applying key and core technologies (IoV integrated control, 5G, C-V2X), especially in the Sunan city cluster zone; and by establishing a network of a whole-chain and cross-sector testing and inspection agencies and services. International cooperation will also be encouraged, with the objective to achieve breakthroughs in core technologies such as 77GHz radar antenna, signal processing, algorithm chips, etc.
- Accelerate the upgrading of infrastructures: by promoting the full application and coverage of LTE-V2X and C-V2X networks in Nanjing, Wuxi and Suzhou as well as expressways; as well as digitalisation of existing infrastructures, e.g. for traffic lights, electronic signs, traffic management information, narrowband IoT (NB-IOT) and other networks on bridges and tunnels, etc.
- Expand demonstration and application models: particularly targeting public transport busses, logistics vehicles, taxis, and special operation vehicles, focusing especially in Wuxi. A series of pilot demonstration megaprojects will be launched, e.g. the New Generation National Traffic Control Network (Changzhou) and the cross-regional self-driving freight transport line along the Nanjing-Shanghai expressway.
- Accelerate the establishment of road test verification systems: with the establishment of road test verification bases such as the National Intelligent Transport Comprehensive Testing Base (Wuxi), and the National Intelligent Transport and Application Promotion Base (Changzhou).
Other key tasks relate to the optimisation of the regulatory, standardisation and safety system.
Provincial authorities will make effective use of local funding channels and programmes to support the successful implementation of the Plan. They will also actively encourage local actors to apply to national-level funding programmes in the IoV industry.