Baidu received the country’s first permit for commercial robotaxi services, a major milestone for Chinese self-driving car industry.
Baidu could eventually charge people to ride in its robotaxis—a milestone for the costly, years-long quest of self-driving cars.
Baidu in March became the first Chinese company permitted to offer robotaxi rides to paying customers by a local government.
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.