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Pony.ai's 6th-gen Robotaxi cleared for unmanned passenger-carrying trial in Beijing

Gabriella From Gasgoo| February 05 , 2024 18:32 BJT

Beijing (Gasgoo)- On January 2,​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌​⁠​‌‌​​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌​​​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌‌‌​‌ the Toyota Sienna-based Robotaxi, equipped with Pony.ai's sixth-generation L4 autonomous driving software and hardware, has been granted permission to conduct unmanned passenger-carrying demonstration in Beijing with remote monitoring.

Pony.ai's 6th-gen Robotaxi cleared for unmanned passenger-carrying trial in Beijing

Photo credit: Pony.ai

In Beijing's Yizhuang area, passengers can summon the vehicle using Pony.ai’s PonyPilot+ app, immersing themselves in the latest product technologies and innovative travel experiences. This model is concurrently undergoing fully autonomous passenger-carrying testing in both Beijing and Guangzhou.

Pony.ai's 6th-genaration Toyota Sienna-based Robotaxi boasts a new and upgraded automotive-grade multisensory solution, establishing a multi-layered redundancy mechanism. The system incorporates an in-house developed production-level domain controller as a redundant computing platform, encompassing comprehensive software,​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌​⁠​‌‌​​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌​​​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌‌‌​‌ computational platforms, and vehicle platform redundancy systems. This approach maximizes scenario coverage and ensures a robust safety processing mechanism.

The collaboration between Pony.ai and Toyota initiated in 2019. This Sienna-based Robotaxi offers spacious seating and versatile storage, with over 90% of usable space in the trunk, catering to diverse usage scenarios such as family outings. Additionally,​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌​⁠​‌‌​​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌​​​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌‌‌​‌ passengers can customize their unique welcome light color through the app,​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌​⁠​‌‌​​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌‌​‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌​​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​​‌​‌‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌​​​​​‌⁠​‌​​​‌‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌​‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​​‌‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌​‌‌​​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​​‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​​‌​​⁠​‌​​‌‌​‌⁠​‌​‌‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌​​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌‌​‌​​⁠​​‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌‌⁠​‌‌​‌​‌‌⁠​‌​​‌‌‌​⁠​‌‌‌​​​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌‌⁠​‌​‌​‌​​⁠​‌‌​‌​‌​⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌​​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​​‌‌​​‌​⁠​‌​‌​‌‌​⁠​‌‌​‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌‌​​​⁠​‌‌‌​​​​⁠​‌​‌​​​​⁠​‌‌​‌​​‌⁠​‌‌​‌‌​​⁠​‌‌​​‌​‌⁠​​‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌​‌​‌⁠​‌‌‌​‌‌‌⁠​​‌‌‌‌​‌ making it easier to spot their vehicle in traffic. The app also allows for pre-ventilation and temperature adjustments, enhancing the overall experience.

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