Portugal Wants To Build Autonomous 'free Zones'or New Technologies

- Nov 02, 2017-

China's energy storage net news: according to foreign media reports, in order to promote the development of self-driving cars and aircraft, Portugal plans to introduce enjoys the special policy of "free zone", in order to test related technology and attract investment.

"We have made a lot of efforts in terms of policy and law because it is a fundamental work in this area," Ana Lehmann, the Portuguese auto industry secretary, told Reuters in an interview.

Many countries are seeking ways to allow companies to test new technologies.

Amazon is testing a special package transport test in the UK, while Alphabet's Google is also testing a technology called "Project Wing" in Australia.

The U.S. government also agreed last week to expand the aircraft test program.

Lehmann said the Portuguese government is very cautious about the laws it needs to apply to the region and limits the use of aircraft this year to ensure public safety.

"We are now looking at siting and what needs to be done within the legal framework," she said. "we need to take a very cautious approach because of the impact of these technologies."

It's a very sensitive topic and we want to be able to do it very well."

Portugal's current law is not allowed to test self-driving cars on public roads.

Veniam, one of Portugal's leading technology companies, has developed wireless technology for public transport and hopes to use it in self-driving cars.

Veniam developed the system for the first time in Porto.

Mercedes has opened a digital center in Lisbon this year to develop its self-driving technology.

Vw also has assembly plants in Portugal.

Tesla is introducing the goal

Tesla plans to build a factory in Europe, and Portugal hopes to seize the opportunity.

Portugal has the highest lithium reserves in Europe.

"A lot of people are fighting for it, and we're working on it," Lehmann said when asked about attracting tesla investments.

Over the past few years, technology start-ups, Portugal, a sharp growth, mainly due to the property is relatively cheap, engineers have received higher education, as well as the debt crisis in 2011-14 years after the fall of the salary.

Foreign investment has also boosted the economy to its highest level in more than a decade, and the government hopes the new policy will attract more companies.