Pony.ai approved for public driverless robotaxi service in Beijing

The public can experience the driverless robotaxi for the first time in Beijing

A milestone on the road to large-scale driverless commercial robotaxi

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pony.ai, the global leader in self-driving technology, today announced that the general public in Beijing, China will be able to experience a robot for the first time driverless taxi. Pony.ai was one of two robotaxi operators to obtain a permit from Beijing city authorities to offer driverless service in southeast Beijing. (Pony.ai has had a driverless test license since October 2021 but not with the general public in the car.) To ensure safety during this pilot program, a Pony.ai Safety Supervisor will be seated in the front passenger seat . This new program, which is free to the rider, adds to an existing test program in which Pony.ai can offer a chargeable robotaxi service to the general public that keeps a safety driver behind the wheel to monitor the ride.

Pony.ai is now authorized to conduct driverless robotaxi rides facing the public in a 60 square kilometer (23.1 sq mi) area in a pilot area in Yizhuang, Beijing – triples the operating area of ​​the Pony.ai area. previous 20 square kilometer driverless test. Around 300,000 area residents can now hail a driverless Pony.ai robotaxi using the PonyPilot+ app from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of pickup and drop-off locations include public facilities such as subway stations, parks and stadiums, as well as central business centers and residential areas.

“Pony.ai’s approval to operate driverless robotaxis in Beijing is a critical step in the transition from testing driverless autonomous vehicles within Pony.ai to offering driverless robotaxi rides to public passengers.” , said James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai. .

To obtain this driverless permit, Pony.ai passed rigorous safety test qualifications and criteria, including: driverless navigation through unprotected left turns, temporary construction areas, smog, heavy rain and snow conditions, mileage traveled and number of orders received.

“Since the launch of driverless testing, Pony.ai has demonstrated the technical quality of our system by successfully handling a wide range of extreme and complex scenarios. We achieved this by performing multiple technical validations and iterations of driverless scenarios, and by improving the system redundancy design, the development of the remote support platform and the management of the operation of the fleet,” said Tiancheng Lou, co-founder and CTO of Pony.ai.

Pony.ai received permission to conduct driverless testing without passengers in Beijing in October 2021, and in November 2021 became one of the first two self-driving companies to begin charging fees for self-driving services. robotaxi in Beijing. In Guangzhou, Pony.ai began driverless testing in June 2021 and recently became the first and only self-driving company to receive a taxi license in China. This Guangzhou license officially authorizes Pony.ai’s autonomous vehicles to operate as taxis, a milestone for the commercialization of robotaxis in China. As of April 2022, Pony.ai’s self-driving vehicles have traveled more than 11 million (6.8 million miles) of real-world autonomous kilometers, including more than 200,000 (124,000 miles) of driverless kilometers.

About Pony.ai

Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”), the world leader in self-driving technologies, pursues an ambitious vision of self-driving mobility. Our goal is to bring safe, sustainable and accessible mobility to the whole world. We believe autonomous technology can make our roads exponentially safer for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in extending autonomous mobility technologies and services to a rapidly expanding footprint of locations around the world. Pony.ai has formed partnerships with major OEMs including Toyota, FAW Group, GAC Group, etc.

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