Pony.ai and Toyota to Accelerate Production of Autonomous Robotaxis

Autonomous driving company, Pony.ai has entered into a joint venture with Toyota Motor Investment Co., Ltd. (TMCI) and GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. (GTMC) to accelerate the mass production and deployment of driverless robotaxis.

Under this agreement, GTMC will provide Pony.ai with Toyota-branded battery electric vehicles suited for Level 4 autonomous driving.

The vehicles will be equipped with Pony.ai’s autonomous driving technology and will run on its robotaxi network platform, PonyPilot+.

Pony.ai Autonomous Taxi
A Pony.ai robotaxi in Nansha, Guangzhou

The there companies aim to mass-produce these vehicles to provide capacity for scaled-up robotaxi services and to encourage the full commercialisation of autonomous mobility.

This agreement builds upon existing collaborations between Pony.ai and Toyota to test and deploy autonomous robotaxis in China.

Pony.ai currently operates a fleet of around 200 Toyota and Lexus brand robotaxis in four of China’s major cities: Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.

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