The restructuring is the search giant’s latest move to ramp up business amid challenges from emerging domestic rivals.
Chinese self-driving companies are in search of driving data, a critical component to commercialize the industry.
Automakers are reluctant to share data with internet companies.
The move signals the beginning of large-scale AV tests on public roads.
Baidu CEO Robin Li said in 2017 that the company would seek to spin off its self-driving unit when it is mature enough.
Changsha and Guangzhou are the two major Chinese cities aiming to rise above the rest in the country’s AV race.
The nearly 150-page document covers 12 areas including cybersecurity, driver-vehicle handovers, data recording, and component failures.
The Chinese search engine giant seeks to increase its self-driving advantages in the country’s EV consumption boom.
Udelv’s latest delivery van was developed using Baidu’s open-source software.