Baidu’s robotaxis don’t need any human staff in these parts of China

Chinese tech company Baidu announced Monday it can promote some robotaxi rides without having any human personnel in the vehicles.


BEIJING — Chinese tech firm Baidu stated Monday it has develop into the 1st robotaxi operator in China to obtain permits for marketing rides with no human driver or workers member within the vehicles.

The community govt approvals permit Baidu’s Apollo Go robotaxi enterprise to eliminate the expense of human staff in some situations.

The original scale of the permits is tiny: 10 robotaxis divided involving two suburban locations of Wuhan and Chongqing, two major Chinese cities.

In April, Baidu and rival robotaxi operator gained approval from a Beijing suburban district to run robotaxis devoid of a human driver. But the Chinese capital even now needs human team to sit in the robotaxi with travellers.

Municipal authorities across China have issued an raising number of permits in the very last calendar year that enable robotaxi corporations to run and cost fares in selected regions.

In the U.S., Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors’ subsidiary Cruise can by now operate general public robotaxis with no human workers in the cars. Rules for testing robotaxis and charging riders differ by city and state.

Baidu claimed it has acquired more than 1 million orders for robotaxi rides. In the first three months of the 12 months, the corporation explained it operated 196,000 rides. Baidu is set to launch next quarter results on Aug. 30.