Baidu wins Permit to offer Driverless RoboTaxi Service in Beijing City


Chinese search engine giant Baidu said on Friday, May 17, it had won a permit to provide a fully driverless ride-hailing service in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

With the permit, Baidu’s Apollo service will deploy 10 fully autonomous vehicles in a technology park developed by the government of Beijing, it said in a statement.

The permit marks a step forward from December when Baidu said it had been granted a license to test the service. Baidu will now operate driverless RoboTaxi services in three Chinese cities including Wuhan and Chongqing.

The Beijing-headquartered company, which generates most of its revenue from its internet search engine, has been focused on self-driving technologies over the past five years as it looks to diversify.


Culled from Reuters

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