Chinese company launches free robotaxi

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On the road out another service for the provision of unmanned vehicles. This time completely free

Some time ago we informed you that the company is launching a fully Autonomous car in the near future. But the industry is self-driving cars to stop is clearly not going. It's already November 4 of this year on the territory of Irvine, California, the Chinese technology company Pony.ai will launch its service unmanned taxi. What, you ask? And the fact that the service will be completely free for all passengers.

What is Chinese robotaxi

The Service, dubbed BotRide, will allow passengers to use free to move. And this would be as easy as it is now — enough to cause the machine through a special application for Android or iOS.

In the U.S. is quite a popular service called Via. It's somewhere between taxi services and car sharing. With Via, you can order a taxi, but there is mostly the cars for 6-8 persons. The driver will pick up passengers and drop them off in the course of the route.

The App builds the optimal route in such a way as to provide maximum comfort to deliver passengers to the desired point of the city. As you know, «share» so the trip quite convenient and profitable. Something similar provides the Uber Pool option, but in «small scale». But the Chinese will use the achievements of Via the most. Besides experts Via helped them with the development of algorithms for their own applications.

The cars will be equipped with unique offline navigation software, which, according to company representatives, can identify and predict the behavior of nearby vehicles and pedestrians when navigating difficult driving conditions in urban areas. BotRide automatically checks passengers on Board and steers the machine to the nearest bus stops for boarding and alighting. Pony.ai said that a fleet of 10 vehicles with safety drivers behind the wheel will work from Monday to Saturday, and the service area will cover public roads in residential and commercial neighborhoods of Irvine.

Our goal is to study the behavior of consumers in an environment of sharing journeys in self-driving cars», — said the head of the Department of business development Christopher Chang. We're going to learn about the conditions in which vehicles are traveling and thus be able to optimize the work with clients.

Hardware platform PonyAlpha, uses lidar, radar and camera to monitor obstacles within up to 200 meters away . Such equipment, by the way, set and stand-alone truck companies, which are already being tested on the roads of Fremont (California) and Beijing. How do you feel about Autonomous cars? Write your opinion on them in our

App to order a self-driving car

The Service from Pony.ai will use specially equipped for Autonomous transportation vehicles of the Hyundai brand. Moreover, the Chinese company has also entered into a partnership agreement with the Japanese automaker for the exchange of experience in the field of technology related to the development of unmanned vehicles. Both companies plan to begin similar to the us pilot program on the public roads of Beijing and Shanghai in the near future to «to accelerate the development and deployment» Autonomous vehicles, using converted cars Lexus RX.

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