WeRide, a self-driving company based out of China, has teamed up with Baiyun Taxi, the biggest taxi company within South China, to form a join venture.
The joint venture–called WeRide RoboTaxi–will operate in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, a key city in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It aims to provide Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in China with WeRide’s “Level 4” autonomous driving technologies.
In a Level 4 self-driving car, the driver is not required to interfere with any driving operations, but the autonomous travel is available under specific conditions, such as designated self-driving zones.
“This is the first of its kind in tier one city in China after Baidu’s robo-taxi was launched in Changsha. WeRide also becomes the first company to achieve a partnership with a traditional taxi company on robo-taxi services,” said the company.
It didn’t reveal the ownership stakes each party holds in the joint venture.
WeRide claimed in the press release that it launched the first Level 4 autonomous driving taxi in China in November 2018, together with Baiyun Taxi and GAC. It added that it would deploy strategic partners’ vehicle models to WeRide RoboTaxi and more EV models will join the fleet in the future.
WeRide has begun recruiting individuals for test rides of its self-driving car in the city of Anqing, located in East China’s Anhui province, KrAsia reported in April.
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