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Pony.ai becomes the first self-driving company to receive a taxi license in China | Business

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 23, 2022–

Pony.ai, the global leader in self-driving technologies, announced that it was the first and only self-driving (DA) company to obtain a taxi license in China. Pony.ai has obtained a permit to operate 100 self-driving vehicles as traditional taxis in Nansha, Guangzhou. In May, Pony.ai will start charging fares in the whole 800 square kilometers of Nansha with 100 robotaxis, and intends to gradually expand the scale and scope of the service to other areas in Guangzhou to take advantage to more residents. Passengers can hail rides and pay for the service through the PonyPilot+ app. The robotaxis will operate day and night with service hours from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and with fares based on standard taxi pricing in Guangzhou. While the Pony.ai robotaxi currently retains a security driver, the company plans to remove the driver in the short to intermediate time.

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A Pony.ai robotaxi in Nansha, Guangzhou (Photo: Business Wire)

This signals the Guangzhou government’s formal implementation of AD mobility services similar to traditional taxi and ride-sharing platforms. Today’s announcement reinforces Pony.ai’s progress towards commercial autonomy: with robotaxi pricing permit received in Beijing in November 2021, Pony.ai is now the only company approved for AD marketing services in two Tier 1 cities in China. 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 other cities by the time commercialization begins. mass of Pony.ai planned for 2024/2025. Pony.ai is currently conducting self-driving vehicle testing and operations in China’s four Tier 1 cities and California.

To qualify for the license, Pony.ai had to pass rigorous safety tests and other multi-faceted vehicle qualification tests set by national inspection institutions, such as having at least 24 months of AD testing in China. and/or in other countries, at least 1 million kilometres. of test mileage, at least 200,000 AD test kilometers in Guangzhou designated test area and no involvement in active fault traffic accidents.

Pony.ai is the first and only self-driving company to have met all of these requirements and standards.

“Being the first autonomous vehicle company in China to receive a taxi license is a testament to Pony.ai’s technological strength and ability to operate robotaxi services. We will expand the scope 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 robots,” said James Peng. , co-founder and CEO of Pony. have.

“The inclusion of autonomous vehicles in the unified and standardized taxi management proves that government policy and the public are increasingly accepting robotaxis as a form of everyday transport, recognizing the driving experience and technical stability of the robotaxi of Pony.ai,” said Tiancheng Lou. , co-founder and CTO of Pony.ai.

From the launch of Pony.ai’s robotaxi app in December 2018 to the commercialization of robotaxi services in Beijing and Guangzhou, Pony.ai has continuously improved and updated all aspects of the consumer experience of the services. of robotaxi. By mid-April 2022, Pony.ai’s Robotaxi service had completed over 700,000 orders, with nearly 80% of regular users and 99% of passengers giving positive feedback after completing their journeys – and a rating of service satisfaction reaching 4.9 on a 5-point scale.

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 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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