WeRide launches fully driverless Robobus service to the public
Pushing ahead smart mobility service with Robotaxi & Robobus operation
WeRide, the global leading Level 4 autonomous driving technology company, launched its fully driverless Robobus service to the public on the Guangzhou International Bio Island in China’s Guangzhou. This move comes after WeRide has been operating China’s first Robotaxi commercial service for over two years. The company will continue to take the lead in smart mobility service with its Robotaxi and Robobus operation.
WeRide Robobus is based on automaker Yutong Group’s purpose-built electric vehicle for autonomous driving. It has no steering wheel, accelerator, or brake. Empowered by WeRide’s leading full-stack software and hardware solutions for L4 autonomous driving, WeRide Robobus provides safe, stable and green AD services under different scenarios and weather conditions, covering city streets, expressways and tunnels, during morning and evening peak hours, in rain or snow days. Its maximum speed reaches 40 kilometers per hour.
The Guangzhou International Bio Island is home to hundreds of tech enterprises. It is also a popular attraction for sports and sightseeing of the city Guangzhou. WeRide Robobus has launched two routes covering the popular spots on the island, including subway exits, hotels, park, and residential area. The service operates 7 days a week, from 8am to 10pm in weekdays, and from 9am to 6pm in weekends, at an interval of 10 minutes. Passengers can check the real-time information of the Robobuses on WeRide’s self-developed mobility service platform “WeRide Go” App.
WeRide Robobus has conducted road tests in Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Nanjing and other cities for more than a year. Starting in April 2021, WeRide began to provide daily Robobus commuting services for its employees on the Bio Island, as part of the preparation for launching the service to the public. WeRide Robobus also contributed to the combat against the COVID-19 outbreak in Guangzhou in June 2021, delivering necessities to residents in lockdown district in fully driverless mode. For 20 consecutive days, the Robobuses made over 500 trips and delivered more than 20,000 items of goods, with a total weight of more than 100 tons.
WeRide has more than two years’ experience in operating publicly accessible Robotaxi commercial service. WeRide has offered the public with more than 300,000 safe and stable Robotaxi rides on city streets covering an area of more than 144 square kilometers in Guangzhou’s Huangpu District and Development Zone. The company is also the first in the world to hold driverless test permits in both China and the US.
From Robotaxi to Robobus, WeRide once again takes the lead in smart mobility, paving the way for the launch of larger-scale commercial services in the future.
WeRide is a global leading company that develops Level 4 autonomous driving technologies, bringing smart cities with new products, new business models and new experiences.
WeRide has received strategic investments from top-tier global automakers including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Yutong Group and GAC Group. It is the first startup in the world to hold driverless test permits in both China and the US.
Through strategic alliances with car makers, mobility and logistics service platforms, WeRide offers an all-rounded product mix of Robotaxi, Mini Robobus and Robovan to provide multiple services including online ride-hailing, on-demand transport and urban logistics.
WeRide launched China’s first Robotaxi service, completely open to the public, in November 2019, in Guangzhou, China, covering an area of 144 square kilometers. WeRide has also conducted commercial pilot operations and fully driverless testing for Mini Robobus and Robovan.
Established in 2017, WeRide is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, and maintains R&D and operation centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Anqing, as well as San Jose in the US. It employs a highly skilled team of over 800 employees around the globe and has extensive domestic and international experience in R&D, business development and operations.
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