The coronavirus outbreak may be a turning point for unmanned delivery applications in China, which have remained limited despite widespread attention.
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.
Xpeng is joining a long list of Chinese tech companies facing a challenging quarter with production cuts and profits squeezed.
Chinese AV players are shifting their attention to more practical applications amid growing uncertainties surrounding the future of robotaxis.
The partnership is the latest example of driverless tech firms rushing to work with more consumer-facing companies.
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.
Xpeng Motors led a investment in Zvision Technologies, a Chinese startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars.
The program is part of the company’s latest efforts to offer full-scenario autonomous driving capabilities by the middle of 2023.
The Inceptio production plan with Chinese auto majors is the latest sign of early-stage commercialization of self-driving trucks.