Autonomous Driving Company Pony.ai gets a taxi license in China
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Autonomous Driving Company Pony.ai gets a taxi license in China.

It is the First Autonomous driving company to receive a taxi license in China.

Pony.ai became the first company in China to get a license for an autonomous driving taxi. It got the permit to operate 100 autonomous vehicles as taxis in Nansha, Guangzhou.

Pony.ai will also start charging fares in the entire 800 square kilometers of Nansha. Passengers can use the PonyPilot+ App to book rides.

But for safety reasons, initially, a driver will be there in the cab, and the company expects to remove the driver over the short to intermediate time frame.

Pony.ai also partnered with Ontime, GAC’s ride-hailing app. As part of the partnership, Pony.ai will integrate its virtual driver technology into GAC vehicles, which will then be used on GAC’s Ontime ride-hailing platform.

With successful commercialization in Beijing and Guangzhou, Pony.ai plans to expand its commercialized robotaxi footprint to the other two Tier-1 cities in China next year and to more cities by the start of Pony.ai’s mass commercialization planned for 2024/2025.

Pony.ai currently has autonomous vehicle testing and operations in all four of China’s Tier-1 cities and California.

Autonomous Driving taxi of Pony.ai

To qualify for the license, Pony.ai had to pass many safety and other multifaceted vehicle qualification tests. The safety terms include having at least 24 months of autonomous driving testing in China or other countries, at least 1 million kilometers of testing mileage, at least 200,000 kilometers of AD testing within Guangzhou’s designated test area, and no involvement in any active liability traffic accidents.

James Peng, co-founder, and CEO of Pony.ai said, Being China’s first autonomous vehicle company to receive a taxi license is a testament to Pony.ai’s technological strength and ability to operate robotaxi services. We will expand the scale of our services, provide quality travel experiences to the public in Guangzhou, create an industry benchmark for robotaxi services and continue to lead the commercialization of robotaxis and robotrucks”.

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