Recently, the Chinese self-driving startup company Pony.ai said that the company cooperated with GAC(Guangzhou Automobile Group) to build an L4 self-driving vehicle based on GAC Aion LX. Later, the car will also be used in both driverless demonstration operations.
On August 29 this year, GAC New Energy Aion LX has officially opened pre-sales, but it has not yet been listed. The pre-sale price of new car starts at 250,000 yuan after subsidies. The Aion LX production model itself will feature the ADiGO driver assistance system, which includes active brakes, highway lane change assistance, traffic sign recognition, and traffic congestion assistance, at the moment Aion LX will reach L3 autonomous driving.
This time, Pony.ai developed its L4 self-driving vehicle based on its third-generation autonomous driving software and hardware solution, PonyAlpha, based on GAC New Energy Aion LX. Previously, Pony.ai also launched an L4-class self-driving vehicle based on GAC New Energy GE3 in December 2018. In the future, Pony.ai said that the company and GAC New Energy will be based in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, and jointly build demonstration operation such as Robotaxi in the open roads in the urban area.
Pony.ai is a Chinese startup that targets L4/L5 autopilot. In June 2017, it obtained California road test license and received road test license in 2018 for self-driving vehicles issued by the Beijing Municipal Government. At the beginning of 2018, Pony.ai announced the completion of the $112 million Series A financing, which was jointly led by Morningside Capital and Legend Capital.