(Yicai Global) Sept. 2 -- Chinese startup AutoX has begun testing Level 4, or fully autonomous, self-driving robotaxis in the heart of Shanghai, making Pudong district the first central area of a Chinese megacity to road test smart connected vehicles.
The first batch of 50 robotaxis began road trials in the central Jinqiao area of Pudong yesterday, the same day as the World Artificial Intelligence Conference kicked off in the city. Shanghai has previously tested self-driving robotaxis on suburban roads in outlying districts such as Jiading.
The latest trial group are Chrysler Pacifica minivans equipped with AutoX’s Gen5 self-driving system, sensors, and self-developed core computing platform XCU.
“To reach a large-scale standardized implementation of robotaxis, it’s essential to have an efficient central operation network,” AutoX founder and Chief Executive Officer Xiao Jianxiong told Yicai Global.
“Policy support should continue to be enhanced for fully driverless vehicles to run on the road, but many cities have not yet launched such policies,” Xiao added.
The industry hopes the central government will bring out detailed rules for the charging operation of robotaxis as soon as possible, so as to speed up the commercialization of self-driving vehicles, DeepRoute.ai CEO Zhou Guang said to Yicai Global.
Editors: Tang Shihua, Futura Costaglione