Baidu is set to launch a fleet of autonomous driving taxis next year for pilot operations in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province in the south-central part of China, Baidu announced last week.
The fleet of over 100 vehicles will be China’s first group of autonomous driving taxis managed by the Apollo Intelligent Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperative System, a comprehensive solution that integrates smart vehicles and intelligent road infrastructure for safer deployment of autonomous cars. Under this system, for example, autonomous vehicles will be able to better communicate with traffic lights.
“The era for autonomous passenger vehicles is upon us, but having only smart cars is not enough. We also need smart roads. By leveraging our capabilities in autonomous driving and AI technologies, we can develop comprehensive solutions that will greatly improve the efficiency of urban cities.”Robin Li, Chairman, and CEO of Baidu