The Chinese Internet giant Baidu recently launched its self-driving taxi service “Apollo Go” in Beijing. Initially, 40 autonomous cabs are in trial operation covering a total area of 700 km, including major residential and business districts in the Yizhuang, Haidian and Shunyi districts of Beijing. The company plans to expand the size of the fleet if the trial is successful.
Passengers can hail the autonomous taxis via the website apollo.auto or the Baidu Map app. Baidu has already launched its Apollo Go service in Changsha, Hunan province and Cangzhou, Hebei Province.
Gaode, competitor of Baidu and one of China’s leading navigation services, also recently launched driverless taxis in Guangzhou.