Baidu Secures First License to Test Driverless Cars in Beijing

-Baidu, a Chinese search engine and tech giant, has secured the first license to test driverless vehicles on the roads of Beijing
-The company is planning to add an additional 200 Robotaxis to its wide network across China over the coming year 2023
-Baidu began offering free robotaxi rides in Yizhuang back in October 2020

Baidu, the Chinese search engine and tech giant, has just secured the first license to test driverless vehicles on the roads of Beijing. This license will allow Baidu to expand its driverless robotaxi services to more locations across China. The company plans to add an additional 200 Robotaxis to its network over the coming year.

Baidu first began experimenting with self-driving technologies five years ago. The company has been making progress ever since and in August 2022, it said that its Robotaxis had captured 10% of the ride-hailing market in the suburbs of Beijing. As of October 2020, Baidu was operating more than 100 robotaxis in the Beijing suburb of Yizhuang. This was when the company began offering free robotaxi rides in Yizhuang.

The company believes that its robotaxis should eventually cost half of the cost incurred in a commercial car with a driver. The company is looking to make its robotaxis accessible to more people in the near future. Baidu has been working on cutting-edge technologies to make its robotaxis more efficient and cost-effective. The company is also working on making its robotaxis more reliable and safe.

Baidu is hoping to make its robotaxis a viable alternative to traditional car rides. The company is currently running tests on its robotaxis in Beijing and is looking to expand its reach to other cities in China as well. The company is also looking to expand its driverless technology to other countries in the future.