Level 3 systems have been questioned with some test results suggesting human drivers are too trusting.
The Chinese internet giant is evolving into a major international player in AI and autonomous driving.
Partnerships with global players can give China access to talent and tech knowhow it lacks.
Guangzhou-headquartered WeRide.ai is providing the technical support for the L4 autonomous driving taxis.
The test field aims to simulate around 85% of road situations in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei province.
The internet giant has opened up at least nine engineering positions.
The brand has recently been revived as part of a national push to promote homegrown products.
Momenta beat out Pony.ai, which was “close to” the $1 billion mark in July.
The companies aim to develop level four autonomous driving capabilities.
The search engine giant plans to deploy a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles in Changsha by 2019.