AutoX, a Chinese provider of fully autonomous vehicles, has opened its Robotaxi service to the general public in Shenzhen. This means the autonomous cars will be transporting passengers without a safety driver. Last year competitor Waymo was the first to make their taxi available to the general public.
AutoX has been successfully testing their robotaxi service in Shanghai, with safety drivers. The Chinese government now approved their use in Shenzen, one of the most densely populated areas in China. AutoX will operate 25 Pacifica minivans in Shenzhen’s Pingshan district. Teleoperators will be standing by in case of emergency, but the car will be driven by AI. Last year AutoX also got a permit to test without safety drivers in California.