The fully autonomous vehicle could hit the roads in China from next year, with the company’s chief executive saying using a robotaxi will one day be “half the cost of taking a taxi”.
Chinese search engine giant and artificial intelligence firm Baidu has unveiled its new autonomous vehicle which has a detachable steering wheel – with plans for it be used in its robotaxi service next year.
The Apollo RT6 will hit the roads without a steering wheel once Chinese authorities approve it, Baidu’s senior vice president Li Zhenyu said at a conference.
He added that the driving capability of the autonomous vehicle can match a skilled human driver with over 20 years experience.
The fully electric vehicle will cost 250,000 yuan (£31,000) per unit compared with 480,000 yuan (£59,000) for the previous generation.
“This massive cost reduction will enable us to deploy tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles (AVs) across China,” Baidu’s chief executive Robin Li said at the Baidu World 2022 technology conference.
The new vehicle will possess autonomous “Level 4 capabilities” that need no human intervention, with 8 lidars and 12 cameras alongside the car.
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