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Pony.ai

Pony.ai

A company developing artificial intelligence-based technology designed for autonomous vehicles. It was founded in 2016 and is located in Fremont, California.

Pony.ai is a California-based robotics company that has the stated mission of building the safest and more reliable technology for autonomous vehicles. In 2018, the company had a soft launch involving vehicles using its technology that took place in Guangzhou. It also holds autonomous vehicle testing permits for California and Beijing.

Product

The company's software is called "PonyAlpha" and is designed to be used in vehicles. Technology that is used includes LIDAR, RADAR, and cameras and is designed to detect obstacles, such as pedestrians or traffic, within 200 meters of the vehicle.

The company has launched an autonomous vehicle taxi service in China and another one California called "BotRide". Users can download a mobile application for both Android and iOS systems and request to be picked up for a taxi service. An autonomous Hyundai KONA Electric SUV with the company's technology will then pick up the users. Pony.ai has also partnered with Toyota to utilize the technology for its vehicles.

Timeline

November 9, 2020
Series C

Pony.ai raises $267 million in Series C funding round led by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, with participation from existing investors includes Fidelity China Special Situations, 5Y Capital, Clearvue Partners, FAW Group and Eight Roads Ventures.

July 11, 2020
Pony.ai to test self-driving cars in Shanghai
April 16, 2020
Pony.ai has teamed up with e-commerce site Yamibuy to deliver packages and groceries in Irvine.
July 11, 2018
Pony.ai raises a $102,000,000 series A round from ClearVue Partners.
January 15, 2018
Pony.ai raises a $112,000,000 series A round from Morningside Venture Capital.
January 2018
Pony.ai raises a $112,000,000 series A round from Comcast Ventures, DCM Ventures, Hongtai Capital Holdings, IDG Capital Partners, Legend Capital, Legend Star, Morningside Venture Capital, Polaris Venture Capital, Puhua Capital and Silicon Valley Future Capital.

Funding rounds

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

James Peng

Co-Founder, CEO

Grace Chen

Employee

Tiancheng Lou

Co-Founder, CTO

Tiffany Zhao

Director of Business Development

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Autonomous driving is 'hard' when 'irrational' factors come into play, Pony.ai CEO says

Anmar Frangoul

Web

November 20, 2019

ON Semiconductor and Pony.ai Collaboration on Next-Gen Image Sensing and Processing Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles

Web

January 6, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Plug and Play Summer Summit 2018: Pony.ai

June 18, 2018

Pony.ai's PonyPilot Demo

April 19, 2019

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