Pony.ai launches autonomous delivery service amidst COVID-19
Pony.ai, an autonomous driving technology company, announced that it is partnering with Yamibuy, an e-commerce platform based in Los Angeles, to provide an autonomous and contactless last-mile delivery service to customers in Irvine, CA. The new delivery service will provide additional capacity to address the surge of online orders triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning now through mid-summer, Pony.ai will use its all-electric, autonomous driving fleet to deliver packages and groceries from Yamibuy to its customers’ doorsteps. The company says that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain communities’ last-mile logistics services and essential businesses, but its fleet offers a safe and convenient option during this time.
Commercially, the partnership marks a major milestone for Pony.ai. The company first launched its autonomous Robotaxi fleet, app, and pilot program in Guangzhou, China in 2018. It then launched its first public autonomous, on-demand ridesharing service in Irvine, CA, in November 2019. And it recently launched an autonomous vehicle commuter pilot program with the city of Fremont in February 2020. But this will be the first time that the Fremont-based tech firm deploys its Robotaxi fleet for goods delivery.
The company has other partnerships with Toyota, Hyundai, GAC Group, and ON Semiconductor to accelerate the path to commercializing robotaxi services in urban areas, as well as enhance the reliability and scalability of mass-produced autonomous vehicles.
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