Beijing (Reuters): China’s state planner has begun drafting a strategy to spur development of intelligent cars in the world’s top automotive market, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

National Development and Reform Commission spokeswoman Meng Wei told reporters at a briefing the strategy will lay out key goals and a roadmap for “innovative development” of intelligent vehicles.

Last November the European Commission launched its flagship strategy on connected cars and infrastructure, titled European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone initiative towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility. It is seen as a concerted effort by the Commission to set a European marker for intelligent , connected transport legislation on the global stage, as well as addressing and harmonising relevant legislation within the EU, where possible.