Pony.ai's self-driving cars hit the road in Nansha on February 2.[Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Pony.ai, a California-based self-driving vehicle company, operated its first public road test in Nansha on February 2. The company invited government officials and journalists from Guangzhou and Beijing to be its very first passengers.
Equipped with an original system and the latest models of Velodyne sensors, all testing vehicles completed the 2.8-kilometer route and successfully identified the pedestrians, traffic lights and other complex situations along the street.
Cai Chaolin, a member of the standing committee of the CPC Guangzhou Committee and Party Chief of Nansha district, spoke highly of the experience, saying, “It drives even better than me.”
Having set up the China headquarter in Nansha two months ago, Pony.ai went through numerous examinations on its vehicles under different circumstances. The company vowed to open the riding experience to the public as long as it had been more tested.
A signing ceremony is held on February 2.[Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Meanwhile, Pony.ai signed a cooperative agreement with the Guangdong-based auto giant, GAC, in the morning of January 2, aiming to jointly develop a world-class smart driving system in Nansha district.
Peng Jun, founder and CEO of Pony.ai, is a high-profile ‘celebrity’ in the tech industry, and he used to be Baidu’s Chief Software Architect. Peng said the cooperation with GAC was promising, because GAC and Pony.ai were respectively the world’s top hardware provider and software provider.