Baidu and Pony.ai have been provided authorization to employ their autonomous vehicles without having safety drivers in Beijing, this is considered to be the first for robotaxi services in the country of China (through CNBC). However both organizations now no longer require a staff member in the seat of the driver present somewhere in the automobile.
Baidu and Pony.ai cannot work all over the whole city of Beijing just yet — they are restricted to a 60 square kilometer [23.1 square miles] area in Yizhuang, Beijing, and the house of about 300,000 citizens. However Baidu can establish just 10 autonomous automobiles in the area, CNBC claims Pony.ai can only handle four. Both of the organizations have schemes to increase the number of automobiles on the road [with Baidu hitting 30], but it’s not clear how soon that would occur.
Beijing authorities initiated allowing Baidu and Pony.ai to charge for their robotaxi services in the Yizhuang region of Beijing in the previous month of November, meanwhile, the city initially require both of the services to have a safety driver that is present behind the wheel. Following the TechCrunch, riders can beat either the robotaxi service via Apollo of Baidu Apollo Go application from 10 AM to 4 PM or with Pony.ai’s PonyPilot Plus application from 9 AM to 5 PM.
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In the previous week, the Toyota-backed Pony.ai has grown into the first autonomous car organization to get a taxi license in the country of China. It had gotten authorization to work 100 vehicles in Nansha, Guangzhou, and claims a safety driver would be on board for a little duration of time.
Baidu, the organization that is behind the greatest Chinese search engine of the identical name, was also given acceptance to test its automobiles without safety drivers in the country of Sunnyvale, California.