The launch marks a first milestone for the world’s largest maker of consumer drones in its push into the Chinese EV space.
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.
Jidu will use the proceeds on research and development as the company aims to unveil a concept car in April.
Softbank-backed Innoviz is working with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile to deploy a solid-state Lidar sensor in autonomous trucks on one of China’s biggest ports.
Xpeng Motors led a investment in Zvision Technologies, a Chinese startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars.
Chinese researchers have discovered a new kind of technology domestication problem: humans on the street are learning that they can bully the machines.
The program is part of the company’s latest efforts to offer full-scenario autonomous driving capabilities by the middle of 2023.
China’s leading search engine Baidu is rushing to lead the race in popularizing driver-assistance features on consumer cars.
AutoX will use the proceeds to deploy robotaxi pilots in Chinese cities including Shanghai and Shenzhen.