Toyota has selected a partner for self-driving and autonomous car technology in China. On Monday, Chinese startup Pony.ai announced it would collaborate with Toyota on future technology.
The overarching goal is to provide "safe mobility services for all," per the Monday release. Pony.ai has operated a self-driving ride-hailing service in a pilot program in Guangzhou; the Toyota partnership will see Pony.ai technology tackle public roads in Beijing, according to Automotive News. The Lexus RX will serve as the test vehicle with Pony.ai providing the self-driving systems and technology.
This past June, the Chinese company also received a permit to test self-driving cars in California. Neither Toyota or Pony.ai mentioned upcoming autonomous car tests in the US, however. The Chinese startup also operates an office in Silicon Valley and has received $300 million in investments. The company said the figure makes it the most valuable Chinese autonomous driving startup.
While Toyota works closely with Pony.ai, it also has additional Chinese interests in the self-driving vehicle segment. This past July, Toyota said it willon an open-source self-driving technology platform.
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