Our Story
At Pony.ai, we aim to deliver autonomous mobility everywhere by building the safest and most reliable self-driving technology.
About Us
About Us
Since our founding in Fremont, California in late 2016, we have pioneered autonomous mobility deployment to benefit people in both the US and China. We are the first to launch and offer a public-facing Robotaxi service in California and in China.
As we continue to make strides in our autonomous vehicle system, we look forward to having you along for the ride.
James Peng
Co-founder and CEO
Dr. Peng is an entrepreneur and leader in the self-driving car space. He is passionate about bringing great people together to solve the most challenging problems in future mobility. Under Dr. Peng’s leadership, Pony.ai has quickly become an industry leader and launched multiple autonomous driving fleets to the public across the globe. Prior to co-founding Pony.ai, Dr. Peng worked at Baidu and Google for 11 years. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. from Tsinghua University.
Tiancheng Lou
Tiancheng Lou
Co-founder and CTO
Commonly known by his handle “ACRush” within the programming community, Dr. Lou is a 10-year medalist of the TopCoder competitions and 2-time champion of the global programming competition Google Code Jam. Dr. Lou is committed to advancing technology that will improve the safety and efficiency of future mobility. Dr. Lou began his career at GoogleX, then he became the youngest T10 engineer at Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Division. Dr. Lou holds a Ph.D. and a B.S. from Tsinghua University.
Andrew Yao
Andrew Yao
Chief Advisor
A world-renowned computer scientist, Dr. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao is widely recognized for his contribution to computer science and is the only Chinese recipient of the Turing Award, the most prestigious award in the field. Dr. Yao currently serves as a Professor and Dean of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) at Tsinghua University. Dr. Yao is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, among others. Dr. Yao holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University.
Pony.ai was founded in Silicon Valley with a mission to revolutionize the transportation future by building the safest and most reliable technology for autonomous vehicles at a global scale
Rolled out our first generation of autonomous testing vehicles and began testing on public roads in California
Launched an autonomous Robotaxi fleet in Guangzhou, making self-driving cars available to the public in China for the first time
Established partnerships with Toyota, Hyundai, and GAC
Launched the first public-facing Robotaxi service in Irvine, California, making it the first of its kind in the state’s history
Exceeded 1.5 million autonomous kilometers
Autonomous Mobility Everywhere