There could be more consequences to come as Nio is in advanced plans to enter the competitive mass auto market.
The HD map maker advocates crowdsourcing to collect, contribute, and verify data.
Four major Chinese cities have allowed self-driving vehicle testing on designated roads.
WeRide focuses on making driverless ride-hailing a viable business by meeting the challenges of commercialization.
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.
This latest development comes after a testy public dispute broke out among the company’s management team in late January,
The news follows a similar announcement made by rival Didi a day earlier.
AutoX and Pony.ai had also granted first batch of licenses to conduct road testing in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Level 3 systems have been questioned with some test results suggesting human drivers are too trusting.
Nio’s founder said the company will enhance the efficiency of its business operations to develop next-generation products.