Cai Chaolin awarded Yao Qizhi the employment certificate as Nansha’s consultant for artificial intelligence.[Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
To foster the AI industry, Nansha has released a batch of policies, including rules for the road testing of autonomous vehicles and a three-year development plan for the AI industry, offering guidelines on applying AI to various sectors, such as transportation, social security and medical treatment. In addition, it has put forward a series of advantageous policies in support of AI enterprises and research teams.
With this support, the AI industry has benefited from increasing opportunities and rapid development in Nansha. Enterprises including Pony.ai and ISCAS have started conducting research in the district.
Peng Jun, CEO of Pony.ai said the company was introduced to Nansha in October 2017 and conducted the first road test just two months later. Thus far, Pony.ai has been organizing road tests 24/7 in Nansha’s downtown area and gained the chance to cooperate with GAC, a Fortune 500 company and a leading Guangdong-based auto manufacturer.
In the future, Pony.ai will work closely with the Nansha district government, and develop an autonomous ride-sharing fleet to serve the public in the Pearl Bay Area. It is hoped that this plan could be realized in 2 to 3 years.
Reported by Jasmine Yin
Edited by Wing Zhang, Simon Haywood
Correspondent Lin Zhengshan, Zhangyu
Photo by Zhou Zhiqun