Aside from a notable focus on national security, the UAV regulation also stands out with its emphasis on maintaining an independent industrial chain, with key components and technologies to be sourced at home.
The plan also emphasizes the need to facilitate the development of humanoid robots, to lead advances across four other categories, including healthcare, collaborative, specialized and logistics robots, in which Beijing has an existing advantage.
Across China, several major cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, have constructed industrial chains around robotics in conjunction with neighboring cities.
The industries they are in accord with the 10 categories under a so-called "robot plus" action plan issued early this year by more than a dozen state organizations to promote application of robotics across a spectrum of industries.
Despite the somewhat prohibitive prices, the da Vinci surgical system remains sought-after, thanks to its ability to undertake complex, minimally invasive procedures inside human cavity.
Data shows that in 2022, Shanghai's industrial robot density was 260 units per 10,000 employees. This means that the city needs to raise the ratio by 100 units per 10,000 individuals in three years.
As supportive measures in addition to China's interim rules on UAV management, the new civilian drone standards are expected to regulate the manufacturing, examination and use of drones.
To meet all these goals, the city has decided upon parlaying government guidance funds to raise some 100 billion yuan (US$14 billion) in AI-dedicated investment funds.
The plan stipulates that between 2023 and 2025, the city will construct an industrial cluster to achieve an "upgrade" in its AI production capacity.
The birth of the platform comes against the backdrop of Chengdu's ambitions to become the city with the largest drone sector across China, a target that was spelled out in its government work report early this year.
After ten years of development, Wuhu already counts 220 robot-related companies with a combined revenue in excess of 30 billion yuan a year.
The birth of these standards has huge significance for China's promotion and regulation of the drone industry, as they chart out a clear path for civilian drone suppliers to grow in a healthy and orderly manner, says the notice.
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