The restructuring is the search giant’s latest move to ramp up business amid challenges from emerging domestic rivals.
The development hints that China is closing in on the US and Israel.
The company is the latest tech firm to announce plans to test robotaxis in China.
The joint project will compete with similar efforts by Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.
The Chinese government could promote AV adoption by spending more on communication infrastructure.
Chinese tech giants are accelerating their forays into the automotive industry.
While rides are currently free, the company collects valuable data during every ride.
Robin Li said at the conference that internet-based strategy is outdated.