If Tusimple does successfully go public in the US, it would be the first self-driving company in the world to do so on a major financial market.
WeRide, the first testing fully driverless cars on Chinese open roads, is also promising a fully hands-free minibus.
The recent AV deals reveal a modest recovery of investors’ confidence around self-driving companies.
Pony.ai has partnered with Yamibuy, an e-commerce platform that exclusively sells Asian products, to deliver in Irvine, California.
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.
Tusimple is looking to raise a pre-IPO round to support efforts to operate without safety drivers on its self-driving rigs as early as 2021.
Robotaxis are coming into regular use as China’s leading maps app offers Weride AV hailing in Guangzhou.
Toyota’s investment in four-year-old Pony.ai is the single largest investment in a Chinese AV company, and comes amid a funding downturn in Asia.
Softbank-backed Innoviz is working with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile to deploy a solid-state Lidar sensor in autonomous trucks on one of China’s biggest ports.
AutoX will use the proceeds to deploy robotaxi pilots in Chinese cities including Shanghai and Shenzhen.