Guangzhou, 20 self-driving start-up trial licenses for WeRide

22/06/2019

 

The WeRide vehicles have so far traveled 500,000 km between China and the United States

 

The government of the city of Guangzhou in southern China has announced the granting of five licenses to conduct road test cars to five Chinese self-handling companies. The self-driving startup WeRide insured 20, with the other four licenses granted to Pony.ai, AutoX, DeepBlue and Guangzhou Automobile Group owned by the state.

Founded in Silicon Valley in April 2017 by ex-SVP Baidu Wang Jin, headquartered in Guangzhou, WeRide states that its vehicles have so far traveled 500,000 km in China and the United States, adding up all the tests carried out so far.

 

WeRide has become one of Baidu’s main challengers

 

WeRide, owner of the second largest number of licenses in the country, has become one of Baidu’s main challengers. The research giant has indeed received 51 licenses nationwide and traveled 140,000 km last year in China’s first test run.

To date, four major Chinese cities have been allowed to test autonomous driving vehicles on designated roads; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen even released their first permits in early 2018. Up until April, Chinese city governments granted 109 licenses to 35 companies in 19 cities. In most cases these are temporary permits valid for three to six months and classified according to the level of automation and the category of service.

 

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