Self-driving cabs launched in southern China – InkstoneBaidu…

Self-driving cabs launched in southern China – Inkstone

Baidu launched a trial passenger services in the city on Thursday involving an initial fleet of 45 autonomous cars, and are expected to run initially on 31-mile-long open roads before gradually expanding to cover the entire Changsha pilot zone of 27 square miles, making it the largest trial of its kind, according to the company.

Based on the Apollo robotaxi 

Operated on Hongqi electric vehicles, a model jointly developed by state-owned carmaker FAW Group and Baidu for level-four autonomous driving.

A human operator still needs to be assigned to each car to ensure compliance with Chinese safety regulations.

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