Baidu’s autonomous robot taxi will operate without security drivers

Baidu, known as “Google China,” said it had obtained a license to operate its autonomous taxi robot without a security driver, making him the only person in the automobile be a passenger.

The robot taxi service received permission to operate in Beijing in April this year. Chinawith the obligatory presence of a safety driver in the vehicle just in case.


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The permission to remove drivers from the car is associated with a number of requirements, such as, for example, Apollo Go unmanned vehicles will transport paying passengers in specially designated areas in wuhan and Chongqing only during the day.

“The service areas cover 13 square kilometers in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (WHDZ) and 30 square kilometers in the Yongchuan District of Chongqing. Over the past year, WHDZ has been upgraded to support AV testing and operations,” the company said in a statement.

Baidu said its robot taxi has various equipment to avoid any kind of collision. accident. Among the main features are the possibility of remote control and the security system of operation.

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Baidu’s fully autonomous vehicle concept has been in the works for some time now, and the company has entered into a strategic partnership with compatriot Geely to build the JiDU brand, which is expected to introduce autonomous vehicles in 2023.

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