WeRide Robobuses completed over 300 trips for more than 2,400 passengers in the first weekend of operation

WeRide.ai
3 min readJan 11, 2022

More than 300 trips were completed for over 2,400 passengers during the first weekend of operation by WeRide Robobuses, the fully driverless service launched by WeRide since last Friday in China’s Guangzhou.

WeRide Robobuses embraced first big weekend with enthusiastic citizens queuing up for rides

WeRide Robobus has launched two routes covering the popular spots including subway exits, hotels, park, and residential area on Bio Island, a place home to bio tech and AI companies and a popular attraction for sports and sightseeing in Guangzhou. In the first weekend, the service drew huge attention from the locals. Young people, the seniors, and families with kids all came to ride the Robobuses. In the coming first weekday, people work on Bio Island will also enjoy the service provided by WeRide Robobuses.

WeRide Robobuses embraced first big weekend with enthusiastic citizens queuing up for rides

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.

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.

A mother with her 2 children just finished their first ride of WeRide’s driverless Robobus

About WeRide

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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WeRide is a global leading Level 4 autonomous driving technology company, bringing smart cities with new products, new business model and new experience.