Future Automobile Pioneer Conference and the Global Intelligent Connected Vehicle Commercialization Innovation Conference were held in Shenzhen. At the conference, Shenzhen Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone Administration, Pony.ai and Ruqi Travel signed a cooperation framework agreement, and will carry out pilot operation cooperation for the commercialization of self-driving online car-hailing in Shenzhen Qianhai Cooperation Zone, to the public Provide safe, convenient, green and technological travel services, and jointly promote the high-quality development of Shenzhen’s intelligent networked automobile industry.
The launch of the tripartite cooperation in Qianhai has global demonstration significance, and will promote the commercialization of unmanned driving in a wider range of autonomous driving scenarios. According to the cooperation agreement, the three parties will base on their respective advantageous resources, relying on commercial demonstration application policies, autonomous driving technology and solutions, and online car-hailing large-scale operation service capabilities, etc., to deepen scenarios and exchanges, and boost the development of the intelligent networked automobile industry.
At the specific operational level, Shenzhen Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone Administration will promote the implementation of relevant policies for commercial demonstration applications, assist the completion of Shenzhen’s “Double Hundred Demonstration” project, and promote the high-quality development of intelligent networked vehicles in Shenzhen ; Pony.ai will set up an autonomous driving technical service team with the support of Shenzhen Qianhai Administration to provide technical support and services for the operation of autonomous driving online car-hailing, and will cooperate with Ruqi Travel to set up a professional operation team in the Qianhai Cooperation Zone. Provide self-driving online car-hailing operation services. The operating area covers the cultural and tourism scenic spots in the core area of Qianhai, the business CBD area, and the new exhibition city, airport, and ocean new city.
In addition, the three parties will also explore the establishment of a cross-departmental, cross-industry, and cross-field overall coordination mechanism to help the formulation and improvement of Shenzhen’s intelligent networked vehicle standard system, promote innovation and exchanges between Shenzhen and Hong Kong in the intelligent networked vehicle industry, and realize Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau The intelligent networked automobile industry in the Greater Bay Area is mutually beneficial and win-win.
Pony.ai has always been a “model student” of Shenzhen’s intelligent connected cars. Since April 2022, when Pony.ai obtained the Shenzhen Smart Connected Vehicle Demonstration Application Notice and was approved to carry out autonomous driving and manned demonstration applications, Pony.ai’s autonomous driving travel service PonyPilot+ has opened nearly 100 up and down stations in Shenzhen, covering the subway Stations, parks, business districts, residential quarters and other high-frequency travel destinations, providing round-the-clock travel services for citizens. On May 29, Pony.ai was awarded the first and only Shenzhen-level “intelligent networked vehicle unmanned test” license, and officially opened the “main driver’s seat without a safety officer” in the core urban area of Shenzhen. Test, autonomous driving unmanned to a new level.
The cooperation between Pony.ai and Ruqi Travel has a long history. In December 2022, Pony.ai’s sixth-generation self-driving software and hardware system, which is installed in GAC’s AION LX Plus model, was selected into the second batch of models of Guangzhou’s intelligent networked vehicles. This model is a joint cooperation between Pony.ai and Ruqi Mobility. Based on the latest technical support of GAC Research Institute and GAC Aian on the vehicle and vehicle-by-wire chassis, the Robotaxi model has been launched on the Ruqi Mobility platform. Further accelerate the commercial operation of Robotaxi, and promote autonomous driving to become a travel business scenario that can be implemented, operated, and sustainable services.
In recent years, cooperation in the autonomous driving industry chain has gradually evolved into a win-win model of ecosystem integration. In the future, Pony.ai will gather more partners in the industry chain, break down the cooperation barriers between upstream and downstream links, integrate industrial advantages and resources as a whole, carry out in-depth cooperation with companies in multiple key areas, and promote the large-scale implementation and commercialization of autonomous driving Operation, to achieve industry integration and development, ecological win-win.