Baidu today launched the Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Beijing, becoming the first company to allow people in China's capital to use robotaxis.
The service encompasses the largest total area and longest road network of about 700 kilometers for a manned autonomous driving test area in China, with nearly 100 pick-up and drop-off stations covering residential and business areas in Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi districts.
The launch event was held at Apollo Park, the world's largest autonomous driving and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) test base and one of the Apollo Go stations, located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area.
As the first company to provide robotaxi service in Beijing, Apollo Go will launch 40 vehicles. Beijing users can experience the Apollo Go Robotaxi service after registering on Baidu Maps or the Apollo website.
In addition to Beijing, Apollo Go has opened services to the public in cities including Changsha and Cangzhou, making Baidu the only company with robotaxi pilot operations in multiple cities across China.
Zhenyu Li, Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), said: "Baidu Apollo will continue pushing for the commercial application of autonomous driving. With our technology and platform advantages, we will contribute more to the development of autonomous driving and smart transportation in Beijing and support the city to become a world-leading AI innovation hub."