Chinese IT giant Baidu has launched an innovative taxi service Luobo Kuaipao in Beijing. Passengers are transported exclusively by Baidu Apollo Go unmanned vehicles. Reported by CNBC.
Luobo Kuaipao unmanned taxi service has 67 cars. So far, they work only in one Beijing area, Yijuan. Taxis can be ordered through a special mobile application, and prices will be at the level of other carriers – a trip for 3 km will cost the equivalent of $ 5.30.
The launch of the Luobo Kuaipao taxi was preceded by long-term testing – for more than a year the drones were tested on the streets of Beijing, and during this time 20 thousand people used them free of charge. Now Baidu has received a license to carry passengers.
In the near future, the same unmanned taxis will appear in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen. By 2025, the service is planned to be launched in 65 Chinese cities, and by 2030 – in 100.
It should be noted that Baidu has been developing an autopilot for several years. The company has previously created self-driving buses and also launched them on routes in a number of Chinese cities.