By Norihiko Shirouzu
BEIJING (Reuters) – SAIC Mobility, a unit of Chinese automaker SAIC Motor, and self-driving startup Momenta have begun offering autonomous robot taxi test trips to the public in a district of Shanghai, Momenta said on Wednesday.
The companies are operating 20 taxi robots to assess their viability for commercial use in a trial that will expand to a second Chinese city next year, Momenta said.
SAIC was not immediately available for comment.
Beijing-based Momenta said companies are exploring the application of so-called “Level 4” fully autonomous driving technology to urban travel.
Pilots can call a robot taxi through the SAIC mobility app with one click, the statement said.
Momenta and SAIC Mobility plan to increase the test fleet in Jiading next year by adding 20 vehicles and expand testex to the city of Suzhou with 20 more vehicles.
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