The unmanned robotic taxi AutoX stops at the boarding point, there is no driver in the car for safety reasons.
AutoX, a Chinese self-driving car startup funded by Alibaba and others, announced that rides in its robotic taxi without safety drivers will now be available publicly in Shenzhen.
In the fall of last year, the company conducted test trips, in which the passengers were mostly employees. The company is following Waymo, which also launched its service last fall, although Waymo has been providing services to a limited number of users through a test program for the previous two years.
AutoX is also working to launch a robotic taxi in Shanghai, but there are safety drivers in the cars. AutoX vehicles have been tested at the Chinese government self-driving test center in Shenzhen and are now approved for full-fledged operation as a robotic taxi. Taxis are called using the application; either a regular car with a driver or a robotic taxi can come to order. At the moment it is not known whether users can force a robotaxi or whether cars are assigned depending on their availability and the route chosen by the client.
AutoX is also licensed to conduct driverless safety testing in California, but the service has not yet been rolled out there. Test program participants can register via AutoX web pagealthough it is not yet known what their experience was and how many trips they could have made. Passengers will be able to contact AutoX support agents, and travel will be monitored at a remote operations center in Shenzhen.