Beijing grants WeRide fully driverless licence

  • November 27, 2023
  • William Payne

Beijing authorities have approved WeRide’s application to launch commercial fully driverless Robotaxi in the city. WeRide can now provide a charging service of fully driverless Robotaxis in the Yizhuang district of Beijing.  

Since being approved to carry out driverless road test in the Pilot Zone in October 2022, WeRide has gradually got the permits to carry out “unmanned remote stage” demonstration application, high-speed road testing to and back from the airport, and now the commercial operation, marking a leading development speed in the autonomous driving industry.

Passengers can hail a WeRide Robotaxi within the designated area via WeRide Go App and check the estimated cost. The Robotaxi will arrive at the designated pick-up point, and passengers need to verify their identity by scanning the QR code. The service scope covers popular destinations such as subway stations, residential areas, office and industrial parks, etc., with a total of 242 pick-up and drop-off stops. 1 Robotaxi can serve 1-3 passengers at a time, operating from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm.

In November 2018, WeRide launched China’s first Robotaxi. Next year, WeRide launched the nation’s first commercial Robotaxi service in Guangzhou. WeRide has completed more than 1,400 days of commercial Robotaxi operation without proactive accidents.

In November 2021, WeRide and its UAE partner Bayanat launched Robotaxi services on Yas Island and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, bringing a new travel experience to local citizens. So far, they have completed nearly 20,000 customer orders.