Self-governing lorry start-up AutoX announced the public launch of its self-driving taxi service in Shanghai today. Called simply RoboTaxi, AutoX’s offering already faces competition from Didi, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, which introduced its own robo-taxi pilot program in Shanghai at the end of June. AutoX’s RoboTaxis will initially be available in Jiading District, starting with
a fleet of 100 lorries. Trips can be booked through AutoNavi, the mapping and transportation-booking app owned by Alibaba, among the startup’s financiers. AutoX, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, raised a$100 million Series A last year from backers including Dongfeng Motor, one of China’s biggest car producers, Alibaba, and Plug and Play’s China fund. AutoX’s service will contend versus Didi’s self-driving taxi pilot, which also operates in Jiading District, a big rural district that is fairly near to Shanghai’s center, however less crowded. Didi’s service launched a couple of weeks after the company announced it had raised$500 million from financiers including SoftBank for its new self-governing driving subsidiary. Didi’s enthusiastic goal is to deploy more than one million self-governing lorries by 2030. AutoX and Didi are both competing versus a list of self-governing taxi services from Chinese rivals like Pony.ai, Baidu and WeRide.
All have already deployed robotaxi programs in different cities. Other business, like Momenta, are focused on building and selling software application for self-driving taxis to partners, which might enable much more robotaxi fleets to introduce. Momenta’s development is due in part to state support, due to the fact that the Chinese federal government has created a number of big funds for markets including self-governing driving, 5G and expert system, as it attempts to balance out the financial impact of COVID-19. When asked about the competitive landscape, Jewel Li, the chief running officer of AutoX, told TechCrunch that a person of its benefits is investor list, which includes original devices makers and Alibaba. This implies AutoX’s backers not just offer funds, however likewise”the usage cases in both mobility and logistics for autonomous driving. This financier portfolio is one of a kind, not just in the China market, but likewise globally. “The company also has a robotaxi fleet in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, she added, providing the business experience with autonomous rides in a densely-populated urban area. AutoX is currently the third, and only China-focused company, to hold an authorization for driverless robotaxis in California, which Li
calls the “greatest standard authorization in the autonomous driving industry.”( The other 2 holders are Waymo and Nuro). AutoX’s RoboTaxis will also be readily available for bookings through Shanghai-based taxi fleet Letzgo’s app. The two business announced a strategic
partnership today that will have Letzgo personnel running RoboTaxis at AutoX’s Shanghai operations center, which opened in April. AutoX also has plans to
build out its robotaxi service in Europe. Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.