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Waymo likely to set up office in China

Monika From Gasgoo| July 27 , 2018 13:37 BJT

Waymo likely to set up office in China

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Waymo is on course establishing an office in China, while the location has not been decided yet, Wang Min, the executive who is charging of Waymo's Chinese market businesses, revealed at the launching ceremony of Meituan Dianping's autonomous delivery platform.

Just a few days ago, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information visited several tech companies located in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Baidu USA, Synopsys, Applied Materials, ARM Holdings, Tesla, Pony ai. and Intel, etc. During the visit, the Shanghai governmental delegation and relevant firms reached some common understandings in making a range of significant overseas projects implemented in Shanghai, including Waymo's autonomous vehicle development project.

Waymo, the Alphabet self-driving car company that was spun out of Google, has been preceding other autonomous vehicle developers by virtue of its great deal of road test mileage. The company announced last week that its autonomous vehicles have drove 8 million miles on public roads. What's more, it took the company just one month to go from 7 million miles to 8 million miles driven. “We’re driving now at the rate of 25,000 miles every day on public roads,” Waymo's CEO John Krafcik said on July 20.

On July 6, German automaker Daimler AG became the first global automaker that was given a road test license for L4 autonomous vehicles in Beijing. Legislatively speaking, such major cities as Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing have issued the regulations relating to road test of autonomous vehicles or ICVs (intelligent-connected vehicles). In addition, more and more autonomous vehicle testing grounds have been opening across China.  It is expected that the increasingly mature conditions in this country will provide proper breeding grounds for autonomous car development if Waymo worked with China.

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