Pony.ai Receives Driverless Permit from California DMV

Pony.ai is an autonomous vehicle technology company with headquarters in California and China. This startup launched with plans to create a driverless Robotaxi service California. They have made major progress, even initiating testing driverless vehicles on public roads in California ahead of their schedule. 

“The technology is moving from experience-level to application,” says James Peng, CEO at Pony.ai. “The first half of the game is to build stable and mature products and accumulate experience. The second half is to move from R&D to mass production and scale, in addition to achieving commercially viable products.”

The company has just received a driverless permit from California DMV – a huge milestone that will allow engineers to perform driverless testing without a human driver behind the wheel on real public roads within California. With this advancement, Pony.AI hopes to accelerate their commercial growth across all their operation sites. Even better, they now intend to officially launch their driverless Robotaxi service to the public in California starting 2022.

Pony.ai currently offers ride-hailing in its autonomous vehicles in five markets: Irvine and Fremont in California; as well as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in China. The company plans to install its technology in hundreds of vehicles next year, rising to tens of thousands in 2024-2025.

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