Four major Chinese cities have allowed self-driving vehicle testing on designated roads.
The news follows a similar announcement made by rival Didi a day earlier.
TuSimple has been running daily routes for customers in Arizona and was last year given permission to test its trucks on selected roads in Shanghai.
Nio’s founder said the company will enhance the efficiency of its business operations to develop next-generation products.
Aptiv sees China as an important part of its business, given the extent the market is expected to grow rapidly between now and 2040.
Following the partnership, AutoX will be testing its technology on three continents.
Sources cited lack of investor interest as a reason for the delay.
This latest development comes after a testy public dispute broke out among the company’s management team in late January,
Pony.ai develops artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving solutions for transportation.
The financing comes shortly after AutoX moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong, and opened a China R&D center in Shenzhen this year.