Baidu launched China’s first fully autonomous taxi service
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Baidu launched China’s first fully autonomous taxi service

Self-driving taxis in China will be fully autonomous: they will not have a human safety operator behind the wheel in an emergency

The first driverless taxis arrive in China. The Chinese big tech Baidu, which also owns the country’s main search engine, launches the first self-driving taxis: they are being tested in the cities of Chongqing and Wuhan in what is a fundamental moment for the future of mobility in China. The company received the green light and reported that the licenses granted to its ‘Apollo Go’ autonomous driving service marked “a key turning point” for the future of mobility in the country.

Unlike the robo-taxis launched in Beijing in April, the 10 taxis (five per city), which will run from Monday, will be completely ‘autonomous’: they will not have a human ‘security operator’ behind the wheel in an emergency. “We believe these permits are a milestone in the industry’s path to being able to implement fully autonomous driving services on a large scale,” said Wei Dong, head of security operations at Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group. This was reported by the South China Morning Post.