TechNode talked to Da Fang, co-founder and chief scientist of QCraft on the developments of Chinese autonomous vehicles.
WeRide, the first testing fully driverless cars on Chinese open roads, is also promising a fully hands-free minibus.
It’s unusual for two tech majors, JD and Meituan, to join the same round in robotrucks, signaling that they see Inceptio as a key player.
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.
The partnership is the latest example of driverless tech firms rushing to work with more consumer-facing companies.
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.