Baidu received the country’s first permit for commercial robotaxi services, a major milestone for Chinese self-driving car industry.
TechNode talked to Da Fang, co-founder and chief scientist of QCraft on the developments of Chinese autonomous vehicles.
Chinese AV players are shifting their attention to more practical applications amid growing uncertainties surrounding the future of robotaxis.
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.
Baidu in March became the first Chinese company permitted to offer robotaxi rides to paying customers by a local government.
Meituan announced Tuesday that it has received an additional $400 million from Tencent. Tencent increased its share of the local services giant from 17% to 17.2%. Meituan will use the proceeds for technological innovations such as unmanned vehicles and delivery drones. [iFeng, in Chinese]
Nio on Saturday revealed its second fully electric premium sedan model ET5 to reach a larger customer base.
WeRide’s expanded partnership with automaker GAC is the latest example of the startup branching out to work with more companies as it develops self-driving vehicles and related services.
The companies expect the new models to take a significant share in the Chinese premium EV segment and fulfill their ambitions to establish a “world-class high-end” Chinese car brand.
Geely unveiled a model electric semi-truck that will have highly autonomous driving functions in 2024, posing a threat to Tesla.