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Car-hailing platform Panda Auto given green light to road test autonomous cars in Chongqing

Molly From Gasgoo| January 02 , 2019 17:44 BJT

Car-hailing platform Panda Auto given green light to road test autonomous cars in Chongqing

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Panda Auto, a car-hailing platform for new energy vehicles, was recently given a license by Chongqing authority who allows the company to conduct road tests for their autonomous vehicles, following such eight firms as Changan Automobile, Baidu, FAW Group, Dongfeng Motor, GAC Group, Geely, Foton Motor and Roadstar.ai.

Chongqing is the third city in China that legalizes autonomous vehicle road tests under certain conditions. The former two are megacities Beijing and Shanghai.

Founded in May, 2015, Panda Auto is an hourly car rental service platform invested by Chongqing Lifan Holdings Co., Ltd. After three-year development, it has launched businesses in 12 cities including Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing and Kunming, deploying over 20,000 vehicles and serving more than 4 million registered users.

Panda Auto and Chines Internet titan Baidu jointly launched the China's first shared autonomous vehicle pilot program in Chongqing on May 24 last year. 

The trial operation deploys six autonomous vehicles for the public for nearly one month in the Baidu-Panda Autonomous Vehicle Demonstration Park of Chongqing's Liangjiang New Area. According to Panda Auto's CEO Gao Yu, the shared autonomous vehicles feature such functions as automatic parking, automatic charging and remote-hailing. The scale application of these technologies will not only help users accurately pinpoint and find shared vehicles, but also reduce costs of off-line operation and energy replenishment.

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