BUSINESS: Pony.ai’s Shenzhen R&D Center Opens, Expanding The Reach Of Its Global R&D Sites To Cover All Of China’s Tier-1 City

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November 19, 2021 10: 00 PM Eastern Standard Time

SHENZHEN, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pony.ai, a global leading autonomous driving technology company, announced that it has established a research and development center in Shenzhen, its fifth R&D site globally.

It marks the official commencement of a strategic layout and R&D network in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area to promote the large-scale development of autonomous driving. Pony.ai’s Shenzhen R&D Center is located in the Qianhai Cooperation Zone. It allows the company to cover all four Tier-1 Chinese cities – Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The center also links the two major cities of Guangzhou in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Bay Area. James Peng, cofounder and CEO, Pony.ai, stated that the Greater Bay Area is full of opportunities. “Pony.ai’s Shenzhen R&D center enables us to strengthen road testing and commercialization, and we can accelerate the deployment and commercialization autonomous driving software and hardware.”

Today Pony.ai also announced a collaboration with ONTIME (Ruqi Chuxing), the leading Chinese mobility technology platform launched by GAC Group, one of China’s largest automakers. Pony.ai has long been a strategic partner of GAC. Pony.ai will collaborate with ONTIME to accelerate the commercialization of autonomous driving technologies on a greater scale in China as part of their announced collaboration. Pony.ai will soon be able test different forms of collaboration with ONTIME to quickly deploy Pony.ai Robotaxi on the ONTIME platform.

ONTIME, China’s most popular ride-hailing provider, offers a variety of apps-based services in core cities of China’s Greater Bay Area such as Guangzhou and Foshan. Pony.ai is the pioneer in autonomous driving technology and was the first to offer Robotaxi services. This close collaboration will enable the companies to share their unique strengths and allow for commercial deployment of autonomous driving technology.

About Pony.ai

Silicon Valley-based Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”) is pursuing an ambitious vision for autonomous mobility. Our goal is to provide safe, sustainable and accessible mobility for everyone. We believe autonomous technology can make roads safer and more convenient for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in autonomous mobility technologies and services across the U.S. and China, spearheading public-facing Robotaxi pilots in both markets. Pony.ai has formed partnerships and alliances with top OEMs such as Toyota, Hyundai, GAC Group and FAW Group.

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