Pony. ai states it’s very first self-driving company to get taxi license in China

Pony.ai says it's first self-driving firm to get taxi license in China

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Autonomous driving start-upPony ai can gather fares for robotaxi trips in parts of 2 significant Chinese cities since Sunday.

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BEIJING– Self- driving start-upPony ai revealed Sunday it got a taxi license, the very first of its kind in China.

The license enablesPony ai to run 100 self-driving cars and trucks as standard taxis in the Nansha district of the southern city of Guangzhou, the business stated.

The Chinese start-up, which is backed by Toyota, got approval from Beijing city late in 2015 to charge costs to run an industrial robotaxi company in a rural district of the city. It is not the like a taxi licence.

Baidu’s Apollo Go likewise got approval in the very same Beijing district in 2015.

Pony ai was valued at $8.5 billion in earlyMarch The business stated its Nansha taxi license needed 24 months of self-governing driving screening in China and/or other nations, and no participation in any active liability traffic mishaps, to name a few aspects.

The start-up stated it prepares to introduce industrial robotaxi services in 2 other big Chinese cities next year. The business is currently evaluating self-driving cars and trucks in those cities and inCalifornia

Robotaxis in China presently have a human chauffeur present for security.

CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal added to this report.