“The window of opportunity is fleeting. More efforts need to be made to push forward legal reform and open bottleneck on AVs,” Li added.
The release of China’s first guidelines for commercial services of robotaxis could establish a state framework for self-driving tech.
Baidu received the country’s first permit for commercial robotaxi services, a major milestone for Chinese self-driving car industry.
DeepWay brands itself as China’s first electric vehicle startup that designs autonomous trucks from scratch for freight delivery, rather than something based on an existing truck model with minor changes.
Jidu will use the proceeds on research and development as the company aims to unveil a concept car in April.
Baidu could eventually charge people to ride in its robotaxis—a milestone for the costly, years-long quest of self-driving cars.
China’s leading search engine Baidu is rushing to lead the race in popularizing driver-assistance features on consumer cars.
Baidu on Thursday unveiled a new robotaxi model, called Apollo Moon, with a manufacturing cost significantly lower than competitors.
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.