The deployment of autonomous vehicles on a familiar ride-hailing app might help Pony.ai get closer to making money from its pilot projects.
WeRide, the first testing fully driverless cars on Chinese open roads, is also promising a fully hands-free minibus.
Pony.ai will work with city regulators to deploy a self-driving fleet for test drives on public roads in Shanghai’s northwestern Jiading district.
Robotaxis are coming into regular use as China’s leading maps app offers Weride AV hailing in Guangzhou.
Li Auto booked its first quarterly net profit in Q4 but investors are worried about underinvestment in products and self-driving technology.
Four major Chinese cities have allowed self-driving vehicle testing on designated roads.