Baidu Gets Approval to Operate Driverless Taxi in Wuhan and Chongqing
Baidu Gets Approval to Operate Driverless Taxi in Wuhan and Chongqing

Baidu Gets Approval to Operate Driverless Taxi in Wuhan and Chongqing

8 august, 20221 minute to read
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Chinese internet giant Baidu received approval to offer a fully driverless commercial robotaxi service in Chongqing and Wuhan using the company’s autonomous ride-hailing unit, Apollo Go.

Previously, Baidu had secured the same permit from the authorities in Beijing. The difference is that, the service in Beijing is still not a commercial one and requires a human operator in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

When Baidu launches in Wuhan and Chongqing, it’ll be the first time an autonomous vehicle company is able to offer a fully driverless ride-hailing service in China, Baidu claimed. Meanwhile in the U.S., Cruise recently began offering a driverless commercial service in San Francisco, and Waymo has been offering one in Arizona since 2020.

Both Wuhan and Chongqing will have a fleet of five Apollo 5th generation robotaxis. In Wuhan, the service will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and cover a 13 square kilometer area in the city’s Economic and Technological Development zone known as China’s ‘Auto City.’ Chongqing’s service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in a 30 square kilometer area in Yongchuan District.

8 august, 2022
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