Technology company Aptiv has established an autonomous mobility centre in China to expand its autonomous driving capabilities in the Chinese market.

This centre joins the existing autonomous driving engineering hubs in Singapore, Boston, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh.

The Chinese centre will focus on application development and implementation of Aptiv’s L4 autonomous driving technology.

Aptiv Autonomous Mobility president Karl Iagnemma said: “With high market acceptance to autonomous driving in China, we see a strong demand for autonomous driving technologies in the Chinese market.

“We are excited to expand to the Chinese market, bringing our autonomous driving expertise and capabilities to the region. This expansion is significant for China, and globally, as it takes us one step closer to broader adoption of automated mobility.”

“We see a strong demand for autonomous driving technologies in the Chinese market.”

The company is also scouting for potential partners in order to map and expand the commercial usage of its vehicles in China.

Alongside gaining real-world experience with the general public, the centre will support IP development and broader technology to boost the commercial deployment of mobility solutions.

Aptiv began operations in 1993 in China and provides security, safety, connectivity and user experience systems in addition to electrical architectures for new energy vehicles and internal combustion.

Claimed to be the first to commercially deploy autonomous vehicles globally, Aptiv has been offering rides in Las Vegas since 2018 in partnership with ride-hailing app Lyft.

Currently, it is conducting Automated Mobility on Demand research, development and testing in Boston, Pittsburgh and Singapore.

So far, the company’s commercial programme has offered 40,000 paid autonomous rides and provided service to more than 2,100 destinations in Las Vegas and Clark County.