Baidu in March became the first Chinese company permitted to offer robotaxi rides to paying customers by a local government.
The recent AV deals reveal a modest recovery of investors’ confidence around self-driving companies.
Accelerating passenger numbers for the Baidu self-driving pilot underscore China’s growing efforts to win the global autonomous vehicle race.
Pony.ai has partnered with Yamibuy, an e-commerce platform that exclusively sells Asian products, to deliver in Irvine, California.
Pony.ai will work with city regulators to deploy a self-driving fleet for test drives on public roads in Shanghai’s northwestern Jiading district.
The Changan flagship sedan is said to be China’s first mass-produced self-driving vehicle with Level 3 hardware.
Tusimple is looking to raise a pre-IPO round to support efforts to operate without safety drivers on its self-driving rigs as early as 2021.
Robotaxis are coming into regular use as China’s leading maps app offers Weride AV hailing in Guangzhou.
The incident potentially delivers another blow to the company’s reputation following a high-profile accident involving a Nio car last year.
The launch marks a first milestone for the world’s largest maker of consumer drones in its push into the Chinese EV space.