Baidu launched China’s first paid autonomous robotaxi service earlier this week. With this implementation, passengers can travel in cars without a safety driver sitting behind the wheel. However, as the Associated Press reports, a security member was present in the front passenger seat in case of emergency.
Driverless taxi service in China
Baidu launched its driverless taxi service in Beijing’s Shougang Park. It currently transports users to sports halls, work areas, cafeterias and hotels. The company says so provide transportation services for athletes and staff during the upcoming Winter Olympics set for February 2022.
People in this area can use the Apollo Go app to book rides. Since there is no driver on board, Users can use the remote car horn or the app map to locate the car.. To unlock the vehicle, users must scan a QR code and a health code. According to the AP report, each trip costs 30 yuan (~ Rs. 342).
Baidu has been conducting autonomous driving tests in Beijing’s Yizhuang, Haidian and Shunyi since October last year. The company reportedly completed more than 10 million kilometers of road tests for autonomous driving prior to this launch. Baidu will expand its driverless taxi service to more Chinese cities in the future.
“In the future, Baidu Apollo will launch driverless robotaxis in more cities, allowing the public to access more environmentally friendly, low-carbon and convenient travel services, while continuing to improve the unmanned service process and user experience.” said Yunpeng Wang, vice president and general manager of Baidu. “The commercialization of autonomous driving can effectively alleviate congestion and help achieve maximum carbon dioxide emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in China.” added.
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