Baidu rolls out robotaxi service in Beijing


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China News Round-up , Weekly Baidu , well-known for its internet search function, rolled out its paid driverless taxi service in Beijing , making it the first company to commercialize autonomous driving operations in China. Unlike previous Baidu autonomous driving demonstrations in Beijing, this was the first time there was no safety driver sitting behind the wheel, but a safety officer was still seated in the front passenger seat to deal with any emergencies. Up to 10 Apollo “robotaxis” are now operating simultaneously in an area of about 3 square kilometers, picking up and dropping off passengers at eight stops...