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Pony.ai opens R&D Center in Shenzhen

Pony.ai 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. Located in the Qianhai Cooperation Zone, Pony.ai’s Shenzhen R&D centre aims to enable the company to fully cover all four Tier-1 cities in China - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, while linking the two key cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.


“The Greater Bay Area offers tremendous opportunity and with this office, Pony.ai links the twin cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, strengthening road testing and commercialization of our two core businesses - autonomous driving passenger cars and trucks - to accelerate the deployment of autonomous driving software and hardware systems,”

Said James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai.


Pony.ai also announced a collaboration with ONTIME (GAC Group), one of China’s largest automakers. GAC has been a longtime strategic partner for Pony.ai. Pony.ai and ONTIME will jointly accelerate commercial deployment of autonomous driving technologies to a larger scale in China as part of the announced collaboration. As mass commercial deployment gets close, Pony.ai and ONTIME will be able to test various forms of collaboration to deploy the Pony.ai Robotaxi along the ONTIME platform rapidly.

ONTIME offers a wide range of app-based services across core cities in China’s Greater Bay Area, such as Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen and Dongguan. Pony.ai was the first company to offer Robotaxi services in China. The close collaboration will allow the two companies to leverage their own unique advantages and facilitate the commercial deployment of autonomous driving technologies.

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