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Beijing Grants Baidu, Driverless Robotaxi Permits

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Baidu will begin operating its fully driverless autonomous taxi service with a fleet of 10 vehicles in a designated 60-sq.-km. area in Beijing. Users will be able to hail robotaxis using the Apollo Go mobile app from 10am to 4pm.

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The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.

The permits enable the companies to offer rides in autonomous vehicles to the general public within a 60-sq.-km (23-sq.-mi.) area in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone.

The rides will be offered by 10 of Baidu's autonomous vehicles and four of's, though the latter firm will continue to operate with safety supervisors in the front passenger seats, at least initially.

From Reuters
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