Fiat Chrysler and AutoX are teaming up to launch robot taxis in China

Fiat Chrysler and AutoX are teaming up to launch robot taxis in China


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is teaming up with Chinese startup AutoX to bring self-driving robots to China. The companies today confirmed recent rumors about the partnership and announced that the AutoX AI Driver platform will be installed on the FCA Chrysler Pacifica.

Hong Kong’s AutoX says it will integrate its self-driving hardware and software with the Chrysler Pacifica small car fleet. “The AutoX driver has adopted local driving styles in China to navigate tough and dynamic urban conditions,” AutoX wrote in a blog post.

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“This new generation comes with an innovative design, which includes a series of sensors, including LiDar solid state sensors, radar, camera, GPS, IMU and also AutoX XCU,” the forum added.

For Fiat Chrysler, this is another entry into the field of self-driving cars, despite the company lagging behind some of its competitors when it comes to electric and self-driving car technology.

So far, FCA’s efforts have included electric vehicle concepts such as the Centoventi and distribution of Chrysler Pacificas to the Waymo, the same vehicle that AutoX will use in its fleet. However, that could change, thanks to this and the recently announced partnership with Foxconn to build electric cars and connected cars in China.

On the other hand, FCA will face strong competition in the Chinese region. In the Asian country, testing of electric vehicles on public roads has been allowed since 2017. Companies such as Didi Chuxing, owner of 99, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are already working on self-driving car platforms.

Major automakers such as Volvo and Ford are involved with Baidu. Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s self-driving car subsidiary Volkswagen Autonomy (VWAT) plans to open an office in China in 2021.

Fleets of self-driving cars could be seen in Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen in the first half of this year.

Via: Engadget

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