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Didi and AutoX to launch self-driving services in Shanghai, 100 robotaxis for initial phase

minutes 2019/09/02 06:28:49
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Sep 02, 2019 (China Knowledge) - China’s ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and autonomous driving startup AutoX have announced to roll out self-driving pickup services in Shanghai at Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) last Saturday.

At the closing ceremony of WAIC on 31 Aug, AutoX entered a partnership with the Shanghai authorities to build a robotaxi pilot area in Shanghai’s Jiading district. Two months earlier, the company received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, which allows AutoX to operate self-driving ride services to public passengers. The company plans to deploy 100 robotaxis at the pilot stage by early 2020.

Didi’s chief technology officer Bob Zhang said that the ride-hailing company’s 30 self-driving cars will start to operate in designated area in Jiading district within a few months, marking the first time in China that robotaixs are deployed on such a large scale.  Waymo, Google’s self-driving unit, launched a similar pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona two years ago.

To collect customer feedback, the service provided by Didi’s robotaxi fleet is free-of-charge and will cover 10 kilometers of long-distance trips. The head of the firm’s new independent self-driving venture said that Didi intends to deploy robotaxis in three major cities in China for collecting more diverse data by 2020, and to carry out more such launches outside China by 2021.

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