Baidu released China’s first paid independent robotaxi carrier in advance this week. With this implementation, passengers can travel on vehicles without a safety sitting in the back of the wheel. However, as the Associated Press reports, a safety member was there at the front passenger seat in case of emergency.
Driverless Taxi Services in China
Baidu released its driverless taxi carrier in Beijing’s Shougang Park. It presently transports customers to sports activities halls, work, coffee shops, and hotels. The enterprise says it will provide trip offerings for athletes and the workforce throughout the imminent Winter Olympics set for February 2022.
People in this region can use the Apollo Go app to book rides. Since there’s no driving force on board, customers can use remote automobile honking or the map withinside the app to discover the automobile. To free up the vehicle, customers need to scan a QR code and fitness code. According to AP’s report, every journey fees 30 yuan (~Rs. 342).
Since October last year, Baidu has been conducting autonomous driving tests in Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi in Beijing. According to reports, the company has completed more than 10 million kilometers of autonomous driving road tests before this release. Baidu will expand its driverless taxi service to more cities in China.
“In the future, Baidu Apollo will launch driverless robotaxis in more cities, enabling the public to access a greener, low-carbon, and convenient travel services, while continuing to improve the unmanned service process and user experience,” said Yunpeng Wang, Baidu’s Vice President, and General Manager. “The commercialization of autonomous driving can alleviate congestion effectively and help to reach the peak carbon dioxide emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in China,” he added.