Pony, a start-up backed by Baidu and Toyota. ai said on Friday it has been granted its first license to fully test self-driving car No safety operator as Beijing’s backup.
Baidu and Pony.ai said they will each begin testing 10 self-driving cars at a technology park developed by the Beijing government as the first step towards commercial robotaxi services in the Chinese capital.
Baidu, which is headquartered in Beijing and derives most of its revenue from Internet search engines, Autonomous driving technology In the last five years because it seems to have diversified.
Last year, the company began charging for its robotaxi service Apollo Go. We predict that robo-taxis will ultimately cost about half what commercial vehicles with drivers do. The company said it will add 200 more robo-taxis to its network across China next year.
Apollo Go, which operates without a safety driver in Wuhan and Chongqing, achieved a total of 1.4 million driverless trips by the end of the third quarter, according to Baidu.
Rival Pony.ai, which operates in China and the United States, is testing a self-driving system in Guangzhou, which operates a taxi service. They are also testing self-driving cars in California and Arizona, and have safety his drivers in their cars as a precaution.
Regulatory roadblocks emerge as Chinese companies push for self-driving cars while automakers outside China pull back from the ambitious rollout schedules predicted years ago.
Tesla’s “fully self-driving” system requires immediate control by a human behind the wheel. It comes three years after CEO Elon Musk predicted the company was on track to deliver one million of his robo-taxis.
Tesla is under criminal investigation in the United States over claims that its electric vehicles can drive themselves.