Shanghai ride-hailers can now call for an AutoX self-driving taxi
Reported to be the first time such an option has been made available through a major ride-hailing platform in China, a ride-hailer makes a booking through the Amap mobile app. When the pickup and dropoff locations are entered, the app lists all of the available vehicles, including RoboTaxis.
There are plans to have 100 RoboTaxis on public roads in Shanghai, which will all communicate with road infrastructure via the city’s 5G-based V2X technology to gather traffic data. The service is also said to be the first self-driving taxi service in China able to get up to the maximum non-highway speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), and – given the “new normal” brought about by COVID-19 – passenger identification and the process for starting a ride have been made completely touchless.
Dr. Hans C. Mumm