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Baidu Unveils New Robotaxi It Says Could Halve Commuting Costs

  • Chinese company plans to start deploying Apollo RT6s in 2023
  • Beijing-based Baidu says each car will cost $37,000 to produce
Baidu’s Apollo RT6.
Baidu’s Apollo RT6.Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images
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Baidu Inc. unveiled a new version of its self-driving robotaxi that it says costs nearly half as much to make as the previous model, opening the opportunity for cheaper travel.   

Apollo RT6 robotaxis are set to be mass-produced at a cost of 250,000 yuan ($37,000) per unit, the Chinese search-engine giant said in a statement Thursday. The car, which has a detachable steering wheel, will become available on Baidu’s riding-hailing service in 2023. The company said it plans to eventually deploy “tens of thousands” of the robotaxis.