Didi halts plans to launch its robotaxis in the UK and Europe

Didi has decided to halt its plans to deploy robotaxis across the UK and Western Europe.

The Chinese tech giant intended to offer its services in major cities around the region as part of significant expansion plans.

While it hasn’t disclosed the reason for its decision, it likely has something to do with the increased pressure it’s facing from both Beijing and Western governments.

Didi has been targeted by Chinese authorities following its $4.4 billion...

Di-nied: Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi denies it’s going private

Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi has denied a report that it’s considering going private to appease the country’s authorities.

Shares in DiDi (DIDI) spiked by around eight percent following the report from the Wall Street Journal as investors bet on a smoother ride for DiDi going forward.

DiDi, which is backed by Apple, has been targeted by Chinese authorities following its $4.4 billion listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Earlier this month,...

Huawei demotes AV chief following comments Tesla is ‘killing’ people

Huawei has issued a media statement saying that it has demoted its autonomous vehicle chief following his controversial public comments about Tesla.

Su Jing, Director of Intelligent Driving Products at Huawei, was told to clear his current desk after “inappropriate” comments.

During the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai earlier this month, Su said:

"Everyone can see that Tesla actually has had a high accident rate in the past few...

AutoX debuts ‘Gen5’ of its fully driverless robotaxis

Alibaba-backed autonomous driving leader AutoX has debuted “Gen5” of its fully driverless robotaxis.

The latest generation system is able to safely navigate China’s complex urban driving situations using its 50 sensors and vehicle control unit packing 2200 TOPS of computing power.

Dr Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and Founder of AutoX, said:

“Safety is our number one priority and it has to be built on a reliable foundation.

Gen5 was created for fully...

Huawei wants to have autonomous cars on roads by 2025

Huawei is aiming to have its own autonomous cars on the roads by 2025 as competition to be among the early pioneers heats up.

Apple, Amazon, and Google, are among the many tech giants looking to launch self-driving cars. Chinese alternatives such as Baidu and Alibaba have also been testing autonomous vehicles including long-distance trucks and local delivery vans.

During an industry conference, Huawei announced that it too is entering the fray.

"Our team's goal...

Robotaxi market heats up as Pony.ai unveils its next-gen sensing platform

Pony.ai has unveiled a next-gen sensing platform for the company’s autonomous vehicles that brings enhanced capabilities in a much-improved design.

The new system was designed in collaboration with Luminar Technologies and removes the need for the unsightly cone-shaped LiDAR found on the roofs of most driverless vehicles.

James Peng, CEO and Founder of Pony.ai, said:

“Partnering with Luminar is a critical enabling milestone for Pony.ai as we build our...

AutoX’s driverless taxis reach 100 consecutive days of operation

Alibaba-backed autonomous vehicle firm AutoX has now operated a driverless taxi service for 100 consecutive days.

The service has been operating without a safety driver on the roads of Shenzhen, the most population-dense city in China.

Professor Jianxiong Xiao, Founder and CEO of AutoX, said:

“The first 100 days have been a huge step forward for us and for the entire industry in China.

We have learned so much from the feedback from our passengers...

Honda partners with AutoX to test autonomous vehicles on public roads

Honda is collaborating with level-4 autonomous driving pioneer AutoX to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.

As part of the trials, Honda ACCORD and INSPIRE models will be fitted with AutoX’s technology and deployed on roads in some of China’s most populated cities.

The demanding real-world tests are intended to help Honda deepen its understanding of China’s traffic environment while boosting public confidence in the safety of autonomous...

Baidu’s robotaxi service Apollo Go hits the streets of Beijing

Chinese tech giant Baidu’s robotaxi service, Apollo Go, has launched in Beijing following successful trials in other cities.

Apollo Go previously launched in the cities of Changsha and Cangzhou back in August. The expansion to Beijing marks the first driverless car services operating in the capital.

Zhenyu Li, Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of the Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), says:

"Baidu Apollo will continue pushing for the...