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She Chuxing for the launch of a self-propelled pick-up services in China, plans to expand overseas

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Ride-hailing giant, She Chuxing has plans to begin using self-driving vehicles to pick up passengers in the district of in the city of Shanghai, and hopes to be able to expand outside of China by 2021.

A man holds a door to A self-driving car in the World of Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), in Shanghai, China, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Josh Horwitz

The level of service to passengers who hail a car in the city’s Jiading district, a using A ipad mini for you to be picked up by a self-driving car, the company’s Chief Technology Officer Zhang Bo said, in the World of Artificial Intelligence Conference.

The car will still be driven by a human driver, ” he said, adding that more than 30 different types of cars that will be offered in the pilot service, and all are equipped with a so-called Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities.

All the self-drive tours are free of charge.

Zhang told reporters on Friday that She is planning to go live with the site in a matter of a few months, but we had to wait for some of the licences to be issued. The company has won the authorization of the Shanghai and the government to test its self-driving fleet on Wednesday.

She hopes that the so-called robotaxis in the three Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, in the year 2020, and is planning to launch outside of the country in the next year, ” he said.

She is in talks with Toyota Motor Corp., which set up a joint venture in the last month, focuses on mobility, and self-driving technology, ” he said.

He added that he believed that the transport technology and service providers to form a set of “alliances”, which is a combination of a ridesharing network as a car’s.

“There will be no more than 3 alliances with a view to ensuring a genuine product,” he said. “Self-driving vehicles will be one of the most important areas of the artificial intelligence in the next ten years or so.”

Earlier this month, She told me that it had spun-off its autonomous driving unit to an independent company that will focus on the research, and to deepen co-operation with the automobile manufacturers, with Zhang as its chief executive officer.

Tech giants, such as China’s Baidu Inc. and Alphabet, Inc. Waymo, as well as to the traditional automobile manufacturers have been racing to complete sales of self-driving vehicles on the road.

However, we also have to have stumbled upon due to the difficulty and cost of the development of self-driving cars to be able to anticipate and respond to the people in the rural areas.

In December, Waymo, it started charging passengers the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle at about 160 km (99.42 miles) zone within a series of US travel, so it is ahead of U.S. competitors.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Writing by Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Himani sarkar

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