Baidu opened its autonomous ride-hailing pilot program to the public in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou Saturday, operating a fleet of 30 sedans in an area of around 60 square miles in Huangpu district. The internet giant has been piloting restricted non-commercial robotaxi services in four domestic cities, with plans to expand the numbers to 30 cities and 3,000 vehicles over the next three years. [Baidu press release, in Chinese]
Baidu in March became the first Chinese company permitted to offer robotaxi rides to paying customers by a local government.
Baidu’s $3.6 billion acquisition of YY Live, a streaming business of social media firm JOYY, is unlikely to win the approval of China’s antitrust regulator, Reuters reported on Sept. 24, citing two unnamed sources. Chinese search engine giant Baidu announced it would buy YY Live in November. [Reuters]
Baidu is considering jumping into EV manufacturing as investment in the sector is picking up tempo, with tech majors buying in.
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Baidu announced Monday that it will partner with automaker Geely to make smart EVs, expanding its push into a booming industry.
An increasing number of Chinese firms have launched anti-graft initiates that mimic the Chinese state’s approach to dealing with corruption.