Baidu topping the list is the first time in the report’s history that a Chinese company unseated Waymo, an industry leader, for the top spot.
Automakers in China is struggling to regain the momentum lost during a citywide lockdown in Shanghai that began in late March.
Automakers are reluctant to share data with internet companies.
Chinese self-driving companies are in search of driving data, a critical component to commercialize the industry.
Baidu CEO Robin Li said in 2017 that the company would seek to spin off its self-driving unit when it is mature enough.
While Chinese companies won’t be the first to deliver road-ready lidar systems, they could be the first to do it at a practical price.
Big auto and big tech announced EVs at Auto Shanghai 2021, putting pressure on young EV upstarts.
The move signals the beginning of large-scale AV tests on public roads.
The financing comes shortly after AutoX moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong, and opened a China R&D center in Shenzhen this year.
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