The results are a triumph for tech giants including Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Huawei.
AV players are keen to raise money from potential investors and form alliances to stay afloat.
The move signals the beginning of large-scale AV tests on public roads.
Huawei has formed alliances with automakers including state-owned FAW, SAIC Motor, and Volvo beginning late last year.
The relationship between tech companies and automakers has been bumpy.
Alibaba made its first foray into the autonomous driving market in April 2018, testing Level 4 driverless technologies.
Baidu CEO Robin Li said in 2017 that the company would seek to spin off its self-driving unit when it is mature enough.
Zhong Xuedan, vice president of Tencent Auto Intelligence, was appointed head of the team.
Changsha and Guangzhou are the two major Chinese cities aiming to rise above the rest in the country’s AV race.
Mapping has become a key stepping stone for companies looking to expand in the mobility services sector.