Pony.ai opens R&D center in Shenzhen, expanding reach of global R&D sites to cover all Chinese Tier 1 cities

Pony.ai also announces partnership with ONTIME, GAC’s carpooling app

GAC is one of the largest Chinese automakers and a long-time partner of Pony.ai

SHENZHEN, China, November 20, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Pony.ai, one of the world’s leading autonomous driving technology companies, has announced the establishment of a research and development center in Shenzhen, its fifth R&D site in the world.

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Pony.ai – The ONTIME show car at the Guangzhou auto show, November 19, 2021 (Photo: Business Wire)

It marks the official start of a strategic layout and R&D network in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay region to promote the large-scale development of autonomous driving. Located in the Qianhai Cooperation Zone, the establishment of Pony.ai’s R&D center in Shenzhen enables the company to fully cover the four Tier 1 cities in China – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, while connecting the two key cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay area.

“The Big Bay region offers enormous opportunities and with this office, Pony.ai connects the twin cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, strengthening the road testing and marketing of our two main businesses – passenger cars and trucks to autonomous driving – to accelerate the deployment of autonomous driving. software and hardware systems, ”said James Peng, co-founder and CEO of Pony.ai.

Today Pony.ai also announced a collaboration with ONTIME (Ruqi Chuxing), China’s leading mobility technology platform launched by GAC Group, one of China’s largest automakers. GAC has been a long-standing strategic partner for Pony.ai. As part of the announced collaboration, Pony.ai and ONTIME will jointly accelerate the commercial deployment of autonomous driving technologies on a larger scale in China. As mass commercial deployment approaches, Pony.ai and ONTIME will be able to test various forms of collaboration to rapidly deploy the Pony.ai Robotaxi along the ONTIME platform.

ONTIME is one of the leading carpool service providers in China. It offers a wide range of application-based services in major cities in the Greater Bay Area of ​​China, such as Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen and Dongguan. Pony.ai was the first company to offer Robotaxi services in China and is a leader in autonomous driving technology. The close collaboration will allow the two companies to leverage their own unique advantages and facilitate the commercial deployment of autonomous driving technologies.

About Pony.ai

Pony.ai, Inc. (“Pony.ai”), based in Silicon Valley, pursues an ambitious vision of autonomous mobility. We aim to bring safe, sustainable and accessible mobility around the world. We believe that autonomous technology can make our roads exponentially safer for travelers. Founded in late 2016, Pony.ai has been a pioneer in autonomous mobility technologies and services in the United States and China, spearheading Robotaxi pilots for the public in both markets. Pony.ai has partnered with leading OEMs including Toyota, Hyundai, GAC Group, FAW Group, etc.

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