Commuters wanting to use AutoX’s robotaxis can book a ride through the Amap app, which is owned by Alibaba.
China’s driverless car start-ups expect large-scale commercialization of self-driving taxis in 2023 as the country’s technology giants vie to get a lead in the autonomous vehicle race.
A number of so-called “robotaxi” projects have popped up in the world’s second-largest economy over the past two years, with the companies involved eyeing creating viable autonomous ride-hailing businesses.
“Robotaxis is the premier market for self-driving cars,” Jianxiong Xiao, CEO of autonomous car technology firm AutoX, told CNBC in an interview.
AutoX, a company backed by e-commerce giant…