Pony.ai to Begin Driverless Tests on Beijing Public Roads

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October 15, 2021

Pony.Ai has announced it has been authorized to conduct driverless tests on public roads in China’s capital city, Beijing. The company is one of the two autonomous software companies to receive a Beijing permit. Prior to receiving the Beijing permit, it received a permit to conduct tests on certain sections of Beijing’s highways, in July 2021. The company said it was among the first groups to obtain this permit.

The company said it is now authorized to conduct driverless testing in an area of about 20 square kilometers in a pilot zone for autonomous driving vehicles. The area includes major subway stations, residential areas, and technology parks, which allows Pony.ai to test its autonomous technology in some of the most challenging road conditions.

“Pony.ai is well on track to build a safe and reliable ‘Virtual Driver,’ which paves the way for future mass deployment,” said Ning Zhang, vice president and head of Pony.ai’s Beijing R&D Center. “Obtaining driverless test permits is a solid proof of Pony.ai’s leading position in the autonomous driving industry.”

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With the city permit, the company said it achieved another critical milestone on its path to commercialization and mass deployment. In June, the company was authorized to conduct driverless tests in California and Guangzhou, China. The company also announced it expects to have commercial service in California by the end of next year.

For more details on the company and its offerings, visit the Pony.ai website here.


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