AutoX, a Chinese self-driving business that is supported by Alibaba BABA -2.1 percent and other sources, has announced it has launched its Robotaxi system, which comes with no safety drivers, and is now available to residents of Shenzhen. AutoX has begun testing its services predominantly for employees. It is similar to Waymo in that, in the past, it offered its services to the public. However, Waymo has been offering its services to a limited population segment through an experimental program over the last two years.
AutoX offers a testing robotaxi service in Shanghai as well, but it employs drivers who are safe. After testing in the Chinese government-owned testing center for self-driving technology in Shenzhen, the cars have been approved to provide authentic robotaxi services. They are summoned via an app that summons human-driven ride-hail and the robotaxi. It’s unclear if the user can request the robotaxi, whether they’re provided with the option based on availability, and if the passenger’s journey is consistent with the service limitations of the vehicle.
AutoX also has a trial license to operate using no security drivers in California. However, it hasn’t yet implemented a service. Users can sign-up to use the service via AutoX’s website. AutoX website, however, is not yet available. There aren’t any reports about how the experience went and how many customers who sign up for rides will get them. Members can contact AutoX representatives and monitor their trips via an operation center located in Shenzhen.
A video tutorial describes the vehicle’s features and the experience in the Pacifica minivan, the exact vehicle utilized for Waymo to serve as its platform through which it offers its services. The test drive will take you on free and quiet roads throughout the trip, with only a handful of unusual scenarios. The complete details of the exercise were not released, nor were any figures.
The vehicles are situated in the Pingshan district, a peaceful suburb of Shenzhen. Because the area is Chinese, it is much more populous than Chandler, Arizona, where Waymo operates but is similar to a parallel zone which is why it was chosen to test pilots. Pingshan is the site of several Chinese self-driving pilot programs and tests.
Without getting the figures from AutoX, It’s difficult to judge their work with ease. However, the fact that they can allow people to drive in vehicles without safety drivers speaks volumes about the trust level within AutoX as well as the regulators of the government too. AutoX is the second company to be able to take this decision.
AutoX was founded 2016 the year 2016 by Jianxiong Prof. Xiao of M.I.T./Princeton. Popularly, it is known by the moniker”Professor of X. “Professor of X.”
Furthermore, another Chinese company, Baidu, has announced they are allowed to test cars with no security drivers in California. Numerous companies (including AutoX) have these permits, but nobody has conducted any significant tests on the type of vehicle, except maybe Nuro.