The restructuring is the search giant’s latest move to ramp up business amid challenges from emerging domestic rivals.
Automakers in China is struggling to regain the momentum lost during a citywide lockdown in Shanghai that began in late March.
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.
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.
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.
Baidu CEO Robin Li said in 2017 that the company would seek to spin off its self-driving unit when it is mature enough.
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The move signals the beginning of large-scale AV tests on public roads.