VSChinese search engine giant Baidu To started public testing of Apollo enter Shanghai, marking the fifth city where passengers have the opportunity to try the robotaxi mobile platform. Baidu is the only company to offer this service in the top three cities of Beijing, Canton and Shanghai.
The Shanghai The operation will include 150 stations opened in phases throughout the city to provide users with convenient access to residential areas, shopping areas, offices and public transport. Passengers can use the service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Every day of the week.
This announcement follows another milestone for Baidu Apollo – the expansion of Apollo Go to Tongzhou District in Beijing, where the service will allow residents and visitors to the suburbs to experience the journey in an autonomous vehicle. The first batch of routes in Tongzhou will cover a total of 22 stations – with a total distance of over 31 miles, allowing more than 100 trips each day.
According to a recent IHS Markit report, the main market potential for autonomous vehicles in the future will be based on business models such as robot axes, which would represent more than 60% of from China future market for mobility sharing by 2030, exceeding 201 billion dollars. IHS also estimates that this part of the market will be dominated by two or three robotaxi service providers, with the main supplier occupying more than 40% of the market share.
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The autonomous driving industry in China recently entered a new phase of development, characterized by experimentation with the implementation of large-scale applications. Wei Dong, vice president and director of security operations of Baidu’s intelligent driving group, said that achieving this large-scale implementation requires three steps: regionalization, commercialization and verification through unmanned road operation . Baidu has already made strides in autonomous carpooling, achieving a 60% drop in cost per mile with the 5e release of the robotaxi generation vehicle in June. With the launch in Shanghai, Baidu Apollo continues to deliver from China vision to develop a leading autonomous driving market in the world.
From the end of August 2021, the autonomous driving of Apollo L4 has accumulated 8.7 million test kilometers. Following the launch in Shanghai, Baidu plans to expand Apollo Go services to 25 more cities over the next three years, making autonomous driving a reality for 3 million people in China.
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