Baidu’s long ride to bring its autonomous driving technology to the masses has taken another step forward,
with word that industry major BAIC has signed on to make cars using the search giant’s Apollo system.
More precisely, Baidu will work together with BAIC’s Arcfox electric vehicle unit to make self-driving robotaxis under a program dubbed Apollo Moon, according to their joint announcement on Thursday.
The pair plans to produce 1,000 robotaxis over three years with Level 4 autonomous driving technology,
one step down on the six-step scale from Level 5 which is considered fully autonomous.
The move marks the latest extension of Baidu’s Apollo program, which has seen it roll out similar robotaxi services with other partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.
Baidu is among the leaders of China’s autonomous driving sector, though by no means the only player.
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