Pony.ai drives China's autonomous car push

Barely a year old, the Chinese start-up has raised cash from Sequoia Capital and IDG Capital to support its talented team. But the road to build a self-driving car is looking congested.

Despite research proving few people want to be left alone in a car with a computer as a chauffeur, almost every major car manufacturer in the world has now set a timeline for launching a self-driving fleet.

Investors seem settled it’s the future, but the scarcity of AI scientists capable of developing and managing a robust autonomous driving system means they have to bet on the best tech teams they can find in order to win the autonomy race.

One such company is Pony.ai, an autonomous driving technology company set up by a group of Silicon Valley-trained Chinese AI engineers. Co-located in California and Beijing, it was...

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