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China’s AutoX Opens ‘Robotaxi’ Operation Center in Shanghai

By Ding Yi / Apr 13, 2020 11:52 AM / Business & Tech

Chinese self-driving startup AutoX has opened a self-driving taxi operations center in Shanghai, a move that paves the way for the implementation of its planned “robotaxi” pilot project in the city.

The 80,000 square-foot facility houses the tools for running a fleet of autonomous cars and will double as a data center for storing information gathered from the vehicles’ daily operations and cloud computers running round-the-clock simulations of virtual tests, according to a company statement emailed to Caixin.

As part of the program, users will be able to hail a ride from one of AutoX’s robotaxis through an app, which the company has yet to reveal, the statement said.

The announcement did not specify which category of self-driving technology the taxis will adopt. The Chinese government classifies the technology from Level 0 to Level 5 based on the level of human intervention and environmental conditions.

The operation center is part of an agreement AutoX signed with Shanghai authorities last year, which allows the company to trial a fleet of 100 autonomous taxis this year in a pilot area containing residential zones, business districts and shopping centers.

AutoX has been testing self-driving cars in both China and the United States. In December, the Alibaba-backed company said that it had applied for a permit to test self-driving cars without an in-car backup driver in California.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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