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Tencent-backed Momenta begins robotaxi trials this fall

Startup eyes data-sharing tie-ups to scrap 'safety drivers' by 2024

Momenta aims to expand self-driving taxi services around China in less than a decade. (Photo courtesy of Momenta)

BEIJING -- Chinese startup Momenta will begin test runs by October of self-driving taxis that require no human input, the company said Tuesday, aiming to make its fleet fully driverless by 2024.

The "level 4" autonomous vehicles -- which can drive themselves in limited areas -- initially will have a person in the driver's seat for safety reasons. Testing starts in the city of Suzhou, near Shanghai.

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