Chinese tech giant Baidu announced on Monday that Beijing authorities had issued a new batch of driverless licenses to the company after authorizing the company to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in the city starting in April.
At present, Baidu has increased the number of autonomous driving vehicles in Beijing to 20, and plans to increase that number by another 20 soon. So far, Baidu has the largest autonomous driving fleet in China.
The models of the ten newly-added driverless and fully autonomous vehicles are all Apollo Moon Arcfox, the company’s own fifth generation of autonomous driving vehicles.
At the end of April, the Beijing High-level Automated Driving Demonstration Area (BJHAD) issued the Rules for the Unmanned Vehicle Road Test. Baidu received the first-ever permits in China authorizing the company to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in Beijing.
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