IT giant Baidu, which is called the “Chinese Google”, has launched a full-fledged service of robotic taxis in its homeland – Apollo Go. The first location in which the new service began to be provided was Beijing Shougan Park, one of the venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Apollo Go is powered by Hongqi HS5 crossovers with Baidu’s proprietary autonomous driving technology and the necessary equipment installed on the roof: a 360-degree camera, radar, and so on. There is no longer any insuring human driver behind the wheel, that is, it is a real autopilot. A special application is used to call the car. To enter the salon, the user will have to scan a series of QR codes. Once the route has been set, all you have to do is press the “Start Driving” button, but before executing the command, the on-board electronics will make sure that the doors are closed and the passengers are fastened.
Baidu has been investing in autopilot development for about eight years now. Chinese consulting firm Guidehouse has named the Chinese world leaders in this field, thanks in part to its 2,900 patents. Prior to the launch of the Apollo Go service, Baidu conducted “countless tests in many cities over an extended period of time.”
Baidu Apollo to Launch Fully Driverless Robotaxi Service in Beijing
On May 2nd, our fully driverless Apollo Go Robotaxi service opens to the public in Beijing! People can soon hail a #robotaxi without anyone behind the wheel in Shougang Park, which will host parts of # Beijing2022, marking the launch of China’s first paid #autonomousvehicle service. Read more: https:www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/baidu-apollo-to-launch-fully-driverless-ride-hailing-services-in-beijing-demonstrating-a-new-commercialization-model-for -autonomous-driving-301279856.html
Published by Baidu Inc. Thursday 29 April 2021
Baidu’s vice president and senior manager of autonomous driving technology, Yongpeng Wang, said the launch of commercial services is a prerequisite for the development of autopilot. At the same time, according to Chinese media reports, there are currently only a dozen cars in the Apollo Go fleet. One trip costs 30 yuan, or about $ 5.
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