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Electric cars in China

China guzzles real-time data on electric-vehicle use

Car location, battery use and braking among details monitored

Chinese automaker BYD showcases new electric vehicle models in June.

BEIJING -- The Chinese government is collecting real-time data on electric vehicles driving on its roads, according to recent media reports, a practice that could provide a leg up in the development of self-driving technology but may also spark concerns about privacy protection.

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