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Baidu Wins Approval for China’s First Full Driverless Taxis

  • Tech giant to operate robotaxis in Wuhan and Chongqing
  • Previously someone must be in car to take control in emergency
Baidu’s fully driverless robotaxi.
Baidu’s fully driverless robotaxi.Source: Baidu Inc.

Baidu Inc. has won approval to deploy the first fully autonomous self-driving taxis on China’s roads, giving it an edge over rivals like Inc. and XPeng Inc.

The tech giant has secured permits to operate robotaxis in Wuhan and Chongqing, it said in a statement Monday. The move marks a relaxation of Chinese rules, which previously mandated someone must be in the vehicle to take control in case of an emergency.