Baidu could eventually charge people to ride in its robotaxis—a milestone for the costly, years-long quest of self-driving cars.
BYD partners with US autonomous driving startup Nuro to make electric robocars for goods delivery services.
The idea of building an on-demand ride-hailing service for the skies is gradually getting off the ground in China.
Baidu received the country’s first permit for commercial robotaxi services, a major milestone for Chinese self-driving car industry.
Baidu in March became the first Chinese company permitted to offer robotaxi rides to paying customers by a local government.
Accelerating passenger numbers for the Baidu self-driving pilot underscore China’s growing efforts to win the global autonomous vehicle race.
The launch marks a first milestone for the world’s largest maker of consumer drones in its push into the Chinese EV space.
Jidu will use the proceeds on research and development as the company aims to unveil a concept car in April.
The Changan flagship sedan is said to be China’s first mass-produced self-driving vehicle with Level 3 hardware.
The program is part of the company’s latest efforts to offer full-scenario autonomous driving capabilities by the middle of 2023.