Self -driving technology company Pony.ai has obtained a taxi license in China, which will allow some of its driverless vehicles to start charging fares. The company said it was the first autonomous driving company in the country to do so
Pony.ai will initially use the car with a security driver but expects to remove it later
Self -driving technology company Pony.ai, backed by Toyota Motor Corp., said on Sunday it had obtained a taxi license in China, which would allow some of its driverless vehicles to start charging fares. The company said it was the first autonomous driving company in the country to do so. The start -up company said it has been awarded a license to operate 100 driverless vehicles in Guangzhou’s Nansha city district. Pony.ai last year also got approval to launch a paid driverless robotaxi service in Beijing and has since started offering rides. In Beijing, however, rides are offered in smaller industrial zones on a trial basis, a Pony.ai spokesperson said.
According to a statement from the company, in Nansha it will start charging fares across 800 sq km of the district by driverless car. Passengers can call and pay for trips with their own Pony.ai app.
Pony.ai will initially use the car with a safety driver but expects to move it “in the short to medium term,” he said.
The announcement comes at a time when various start-up companies are pouring billions of dollars into autonomous technology, aiming to take an early lead in future mobility.
Pony.ai has been active in the United States and China, testing its driverless technology on public roads in Fremont and Milpitas California, as well as Chinese cities in Guangzhou and Beijing.
In China, various local start -ups compete. In recent months, Momenta and carmaker SAIC got official approval for trials for their robotaxi service in Shanghai’s Jiading district, a move that follows a similar move in Guangzhou by Nissan -baked Weride.
In Shenzhen, Alibaba -backed AutoX is also testing robotaxis – observed by safety drivers – in a highly congested urban area with a lot of pedestrian and moped traffic.
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