Baidu gets approval for commercialized autonomous vehicle service on open roads in Beijing


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A passenger walks up to Baidu Apollo Go's commercialized robotaxi in Yizhuang, Beijing on Nov 25th. [Photo provided to] Chinese tech giant Baidu Inc on Thursday received approval for the commercial operation of its autonomous car service in Beijing, as the company's Apollo Go, known as Luobo Kuaipao, was authorized to provide paid service in China's first-ever demonstration zone for commercial self-driving. The autonomous vehicle commercial permit, which was granted by the head office of the Beijing High-level Automated Driving Demonstration Area, allows Baidu to charge fees for autonomous services offered to the public in designated areas. Baidu and...