China’s Baidu introduced driverless ride-hailing services

That’s China’s first paid autonomous vehicle service where users can hail a robotaxi without a safety driver behind the steering wheel

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China’s Baidu introduced driverless ride-hailing services. Source: prnewswire.com

Baidu has opened fully driverless robotaxi services to the public in Beijing.

The fully driverless Apollo Go Robotaxi service has been launched in Beijing’s Shougang Park – one of the venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

By using the Apollo Go App, users can locate a robotaxi in the vicinity and hail a driverless ride by themselves through a system of unmanned self-service processes.

Features including virtual reality navigation and remote car honking can help users to identify the location of the car. To unlock the autonomous vehicles, users are required to scan a QR code and health code on the car for identity verification and pandemic prevention purposes.

Source: prnewswire.com

Upon boarding the vehicle and clicking on the “Start the Journey” button, the system will ensure that seat belts are fastened and the doors are shut, the trip only beginning after all the passenger safety protocol checks are completed.

With no safety driver at the helm, the 5G Remote Driving Service is present at all times to allow human operators to remotely access the vehicles in the case of exceptional emergencies.

Introducing unmanned services is an indispensable stage for the commercialization of autonomous driving. Today, we are opening the fully driverless robotaxi services in Beijing for the public, which we achieved only after conducting countless scalable driverless tests in many cities over a long period of time
Yunpeng Wang, vice president and general manager of autonomous driving technology at Baidu

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