WeRide’s Mini Robobus officially obtained the automatic driving road test license in Beijing
On January 18th, WeRide’s Mini Robobus officially obtained the automatic driving road test license issued by the Beijing High-Level Autonomous Driving Demonstration Zone Office. According to the license, WeRide’s Mini Robobus can conduct automatic driving on public roads within the entire area of the 60 square kilometer Beijing High-Level Autonomous Driving Demonstration Zone.
In response to the specific scenarios of autonomous driving minibuses, Beijing has defined the standards for unmanned shuttle buses for the first time and tailored relevant policies for them. Unlike retrofit models or minibuses with steering wheels, WeRide’s Mini Robobus uses a front-mounted production model without a steering wheel, brake, or driver’s cab, and has a fully redundant safety design. It is the world’s first fully unmanned driving and large-scale mass-produced autonomous driving minibus. The landing of WeRide’s Mini Robobus is also the first time that the Beijing High-Level Autonomous Driving Demonstration Zone has issued a testing license for unmanned shuttle buses, and the L4 level unmanned shuttle bus will legally drive on Beijing’s roads for the first time.
WeRide’s Mini Robobus uses pure electric power and can reach a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour, supporting V2X functions. It can be flexibly deployed in various open or closed traffic scenarios and can operate on urban open roads around the clock, providing users with convenient transportation services and representing a new way of urban travel.
Earlier, at the end of 2022, WeRide obtained two Beijing autonomous driving road test licenses in a row, officially launching the unmanned public road test of autonomous driving taxis. In 2023, WeRide’s Mini Robobus quickly completed autonomous driving-related technical tests and obtained approval for landing following autonomous driving taxis. The dual landing of WeRide’s Robotaxi and Mini Robo bus in Beijing means that WeRide’s matrix product landing plan in Beijing is advancing rapidly, fully reflecting WeRide’s strategic advantage of diversified layout of “one platform, three major scenarios, and five major products” for autonomous driving.
As of now, WeRide has landed Mini Robobuses in cities such as Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuxi, Bo’ao, and Riyadh, providing local residents with new travel options.