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Self-driving startup eyes China's $400bn 'last-mile' delivery market

Neolix wants to take its robovans from theme parks to city street but hurdles remain

Neolix has three to five robovans operating daily as mobile vendors in Beijing's Sun Park. (Photo by CK Tan)

SHANGHAI -- One of China's newest autonomous vehicle makers, Neolix, recently put self-driving microvans into action as it looks to scale up its solution to the country's logistics puzzle made more complex by a surge in online shopping.

The Beijing-based startup, barely a year old, has already deployed the vehicles in the capital and other cities, but it faces stiff competition from a crowded field where other players, especially e-commerce groups, are racing to develop similar robovans.

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