BEIJING -- WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup, will start developing self-driving vans for urban logistics service, with automaker JMC and delivery firm ZTO Express.
Backed by Nissan, WeRide said that it would jointly develop self-driving vans with JMC, in which Ford has a stake, and ZTO. A pilot test will take place near the airport in Guangzhou city.
The startup, led by founder Tony Han, is pursuing Level 4 autonomous standard, in which the vehicle can handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention.
WeRide is currently testing autonomous passenger cars and minibuses.
Automakers and technology companies are investing billions of dollars in autonomous driving, aiming to take an early lead in what many consider the future of mobility.