Level 3 systems have been questioned with some test results suggesting human drivers are too trusting.
The Chinese internet giant is evolving into a major international player in AI and autonomous driving.
Guangzhou-headquartered WeRide.ai is providing the technical support for the L4 autonomous driving taxis.
Partnerships with global players can give China access to talent and tech knowhow it lacks.
The test field aims to simulate around 85% of road situations in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei province.
The internet giant has opened up at least nine engineering positions.
Authorities revealed that over 90 companies have applied for licenses to test their vehicles on public roads.
Autonomous truck technology firm TuSimple has been permitted to operate its vehicles on public roads.
The real draw is likely China’s rising autonomous vehicle industry.
The vehicle was developed by Alibaba AI Labs and can carry several tons.