Baidu’s fleet of robotaxis in the Chinese city of Wuhan has grown to 300 taxis since the service was launched in August 2022, a September 6 company statement said. Over the past year, Apollo Go, Baidu’s autonomous ride-hailing platform, expanded its operation area from 100 square kilometers to 1,100 square kilometers in Wuhan, to reach a potential 4 million users. 70 million kilometers’ of safety testing has been carried out by Baidu, with the autonomous driving technology found to be almost ten times safer than human driving, said Zhang Yaqin, Dean of Tsinghua University’s Institute of Intelligent Industry. As of June 30, 2023, Baidu’s Apollo Go has provided over 3.3 million rides to the public across China, the company said. Li Zhenyu, senior corporate vice president of Baidu, said he expects the company will have rolled out Level 4 autonomous taxis widely by 2025. [TechNode reporting]