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Pony.ai to Offer Robotaxi Service in Beijing

April 2, 2021 11:39 pm

Beijing (PingWest)—Pony.ai plans to expand its robotaxi service to Beijing, Chinese state-owned media China Daily reported. The autonomous driving company now has Robotaxi fleets in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province and California.

"The expansion of our robotaxi service will help us improve our technology and speed up the efforts towards large-scale driverless fleets," said Vice-President Zhang Ning on Wednesday.

Pony.ai is conducting tests on public roads in five cities in China and the US, with the combined mileage totaling 5 million kilometers.

Besides the passenger vehicle segment, the company has been making forays into the autonomous truck segment since 2018.

Its truck division was established in 2020, and it has obtained the permit to test its autonomous trucks in Guangdong province. Pony.ai unveiled its truck business brand Ponytron on Wednesday.

Statistics show that China's road freight totaled 33.8 billion metric tons in 2020, and there were over 30 million truck drivers on the roads every day.

Pony.ai was founded in 2016 by James Peng and Lou Tiancheng, who were former developers of Baidu in Silicon Valley. As of the end of March, the company has raised more than $1.1 billion from investors including Toyota, with its valuation hitting $5.3 billion.