Baidu and FAW Group have announced they will be piloting self-driving taxis in Hunan, China.
Technology company Baidu and automaker FAW Group both announced the launch of the Appolo Robotaxi in Changsha, in the Hunan province of China
According to Techwire Asia the project is a trial and will involve 45 level 4 self-driving vehicles which will be open for a trial to the general public.
The self-driving vehicles are able to change lanes based on road traffic conditions, asses the movement of nearby vehicles, and employ automatic collision avoidance when encountering aggressive overtaking by other vehicles.
Techwire Asia reports Baidu Vice President and General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group Zhenyu Li said, “The [self-driving taxi] trial operations in Changsha demonstrate that the Apollo Robotaxi is progressing from research and development to a market reality, which will serve to provide rich feedback from real-world scenarios. Throughout the entire process, we have been and will always be committed to safety first and foremost.”
“Intelligent driving is a great journey, and today marks a solid step forward. We will continue to work together with our partners with the aim of bringing a safer, more comfortable and more efficient autonomous driving experience to all,” they added.