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WeRide, GAC accomplice on robotaxis – Information by Automobilnews.eu

WeRide, GAC accomplice on robotaxis


WeRide has partnered with Guangzhou Car Group (GAC Group) to launch robotaxis on the Ontime ride-hailing app. The businesses plan to make the driverless taxis accessible to the general public by 2022.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese language autonomous driving start-up WeRide has partnered with main automaker Guangzhou Car Group (GAC Group) to launch driverless taxis on the latter’s ride-hailing service Ontime.

The deal highlights the push to commercialize so-called robotaxis in China on a big scale in an business that has change into more and more aggressive.

WeRide makes autonomous driving methods however doesn’t manufacture automobiles. As an alternative, it appears to accomplice with automakers — on this case GAC. Ontime is a ride-hailing app which is partly owned by GAC. The three firms will deliver autonomous taxis onto the platform, which customers can hail through the app.

The businesses plan to supply check rides for the general public on the Guangzhou Auto Present on Friday. The robotaxi service will likely be accessible to the broader public by 2022, the businesses mentioned.

WeRide, which is backed by automaker Nissan and valued at over $3 billion, has been testing an autonomous taxi service since 2019 within the southern Chinese language metropolis of Guangzhou the place it’s headquartered.

The corporate faces intense competitors from different upstarts together with Pony.ai and AutoX in addition to giants like Baidu.

Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, mentioned Wednesday that the corporate plans to launch its personal robotaxi service in 100 cities by 2030.

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WeRide, GAC accomplice on robotaxis – Information by Automobilnews.eu
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