Baidu, Nab Licenses for Commercial Robotaxis in Beijing


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(Bloomberg) -- Search giant Baidu Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp.-backed Inc. were granted the first batch of licenses from Beijing regulators to start open-road autonomous commercial driving operations in a part of the city equivalent to the size of Manhattan..The pilot licenses will allow a fleet of around 100 cars from the two companies to travel around the 60-square-kilometer (23 square mile) so-called Beijing High-level Automated Driving Demonstration Area, about a 30-minute drive from Tiananmen Square, according to state media reports. .Baidu received 67 of the permits and will allow its robotaxis to range between more than 600 pickup...