The Beijing-based company has been backed by a list of prominent investors, and is among several players to test autonomous vehicle systems for hauling freight at domestic harbors.
The deployment of autonomous vehicles on a familiar ride-hailing app might help Pony.ai get closer to making money from its pilot projects.
“The window of opportunity is fleeting. More efforts need to be made to push forward legal reform and open bottleneck on AVs,” Li added.
The release of China’s first guidelines for commercial services of robotaxis could establish a state framework for self-driving tech.
The launch marks a first milestone for the world’s largest maker of consumer drones in its push into the Chinese EV space.
DeepWay brands itself as China’s first electric vehicle startup that designs autonomous trucks from scratch for freight delivery, rather than something based on an existing truck model with minor changes.
BYD partners with US autonomous driving startup Nuro to make electric robocars for goods delivery services.
The incident potentially delivers another blow to the company’s reputation following a high-profile accident involving a Nio car last year.
This is the latest example of German auto firms strengthening their in-car software offerings in the face of competition from Tesla and local peers like Huawei.
The introduction of Huawei’s automated driving software will test whether the company can provide a competitive edge for partnered EV makers.