The world is rapidly moving towards fully autonomous vehicles. Chinese Startup AutoX has come very close to making this dream come true. Driverless taxis called Robotaxis have started to roam the roads in 5 cities, including Shanghai and Shenzhen.
4-year startup AutoX, which is invested by Alibaba Group, MediaTek and Shanghai Motor, has started testing the first self-driving autonomous taxis consisting of 25 vehicles on public roads in Shenzhen.
Shenzhen, one of China’s leading technology cities, is very inclined to innovation. 2 years ago, 22,000 taxis in the city were converted to 100% electric.
AutoX was founded in 2016 by Xiao, an assistant at Princeton University in the USA.
The Shenzhen-based company focused on autonomous vehicle technologies, working with leading automakers like Fiat Chrysler in the process. He integrated the robotaxis competencies he developed into these companies.
AutoX is on the roads in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Beijing, Guangzhou with 100 robotaxis. In 2021, it is aimed to increase the number of operating cities to 10 and the number of autonomous vehicles on the roads to double.
Chinese technology giant Baidu has announced that it can start testing self-driving vehicles in Beijing.
In China, which has invested heavily in 5G infrastructure, artificial intelligence-supported studies are rapidly spreading. Data transfer speed is very important for autonomous vehicles. 5G infrastructures are becoming a standard so that vehicles on the road can transfer information seamlessly.