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Self-driving robotaxis are now an actual ‘thing’ in China

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Yesterday, leading tech company Baidu launched China’s first commercial fully autonomous taxi service.

10 of the company’s Apollo Go are now operating at Beijing’s Shougang Park – one of the venues of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – covering a 3 square kilometer range with eight pick-up/drop-off stops, reported Shanghai Daily.

With no driver behind the wheel, Baidu aims to deliver a real driverless experience à la Waymo, although for now, a safety staff member occupies the front passenger seat to take over in case of an emergency.

 

Passengers can call a robotaxi via the Apollo Go App. They can locate it using virtual reality navigation and remote car honking. When the taxi arrives, they need to scan a QR code and a health code for identification and pandemic prevention purposes. 

Credit: prnewswire.com
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