Baidu to launch paid driverless ride-hailing services in China

Monday 3 May 2021 10:51 CET | News

Baidu has announced plans to launch paid driverless robotaxi services in Beijing from 2 May 2021, offering autonomous driving robotaxi services to paying users.

According to Reuters, Baidu's driverless Apollo Robotaxi will operate without a safety driver behind the steering wheel. Furthermore, users can hail and pay for a robotaxi ride through the Apollo Go App. The initiative comes after the company has been testing autonomous driving on public roads since October 2020 in Beijing. 

Overall, Baidu has over the years developed smart car technologies, including high-definition maps, with the autonomous driving unit Apollo established in 2017. 

Similar products, such as Alibaba-backed AutoX began to offer paid driverless rides to public users in Shenzhen. Nissan-backed Chinese autonomous driving startup WeRide is also testing driverless vehicles in the country, Reuters stated.

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Keywords: product launch, ecommerce, mobile payments
Categories: Payments & Commerce | Ecommerce
Countries: China
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