The coronavirus outbreak may be a turning point for unmanned delivery applications in China, which have remained limited despite widespread attention.
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.
Accelerating passenger numbers for the Baidu self-driving pilot underscore China’s growing efforts to win the global autonomous vehicle race.
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.
The Changan flagship sedan is said to be China’s first mass-produced self-driving vehicle with Level 3 hardware.
Robotaxis are coming into regular use as China’s leading maps app offers Weride AV hailing in Guangzhou.