Automated Driving

Sino-German Cooperation on Automated Driving and Connectivity

Chancellor and Chinese Premier Minister witnessed the signing of a series of ICV MoU

In the witness of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang, Ministers of BMWi, BMVi and MIIT signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cooperation of ICV in German Chancellery on Jul 9th. The MoU targets to promote exchange and cooperation on regulation, standard, data collection & transfer, and on-road testing between the two countries with the principle such as transparency, reliability, and equal treatment for German companies. Besides, VW with JAC, Daimler with Tsinghua University, Bosch with Nio signed MoU respectively. The MoU between VDA and CATARC which was signed in Jan 2018 was mentioned as a good foundation for further cooperation on regulation and standard between the two countries.

It is believed by VDA members to be a very good initiative to start the high-level cooperation on ICV at the early stage between the two countries, which will enable German companies to be involved into the China ICV national platform or programs.

Furthermore, BMWi, BMVi and MIIT decide to host annual meeting to review the progress on the cooperation according to the MoU, which ensures VDA and members to be treated equally and transparently by Chinese counterparts.

Sino-German Automated Driving Event

On the occasion of the 5th German-Chinese Government Consultations, projects arising from German-Chinese cooperation activities were put on show and automated driving functions were demonstrated on the Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended the presentation. Furthermore, cooperation agreements were signed between German manufacturers and firms from China, and between VDA and the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), as well as the China National Technical Committee for Automotive Standardization (NTCAS) ICV Subcommittee on cooperation in the field of networked and automated vehicles.

According to the agreement between VDA and CAAM, both associations agreed to establish platforms and provide conditions for the cooperation between the automobile industries of the two countries in the field of intelligent vehicles.


VDA and NTCAS decide to establish a Sino-German working group to promote harmonization of regulations and standards at both international and domestic levels on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, in accordance with the consensus reached by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on strengthening cooperation in the ICV sector between the two countries.


German Chancellor Merkel and Chinese Premier Li pointed out that both countries have to open up on the cooperation under the premise of strong protection on intellectual property rights and market rules.

Premier Li indicated that, on one hand, China will further open up the market access and shareholding ratio for international automotive companies; on the other hand, Premier Li emphasized the cooperation on intelligent vehicles such as testing scenario, big data, and standardization will bring benefit for both industries. For a more open collaboration, China is willing to provide relevant data to Germany for business development in China and agrees to work on the development of automated driving regulations.