WeRide’s ride-hailing app became available on Android and iOS app stores starting Thursday.
Pony.ai’s goal is to provide consistently comfortable and reliable rides for all rather than monetizing these early technologies.
WeRide focuses on making driverless ride-hailing a viable business by meeting the challenges of commercialization.
The deal may signal that Chinese venture capital funds are once again favoring self-driving startups.
The new funds will be used to expand its long-haul service and develop a commercial self-driving truck.
The HD map maker advocates crowdsourcing to collect, contribute, and verify data.
The news follows a similar announcement made by rival Didi a day earlier.
Nio’s founder said the company will enhance the efficiency of its business operations to develop next-generation products.
AutoX and Pony.ai had also granted first batch of licenses to conduct road testing in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.