Baidu and Pony.ai can launch paid robotaxi services in Beijing

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Baidu and Pony.ai have received authorization to offer their robotaxi inside the city of Beijing making users pay the fare . This is a novelty; very important because & eacute; how decided could also push other cities & agrave; of the country such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to grant the same authorization.

Currently, Baidu in Beijing has 67 active cars in the district of Yizhuang which & egrave; been indicated as the site within which self-driving cars can carry out their tests. But how much will it cost? to get carried around by one of these driverless cars? Baidu is not; wanted to go into details but stated that far & agrave; pay a figure close to that required for premium ride-hailing services offered, for example, by DiDi. The price, therefore, should be more & ugrave; or less than twice that of a normal ride.

Baidu has been offering free robotaxi rides to Yizhuang District since October 2020. The service has attracted many onlookers: the company & agrave; stated that every month more & ugrave; of 20,000 users make at least 10 trips on their robotaxis. Now that transportation will become for a fee, however, things could change. However, the company plans to expand the number of its robotaxis on the roads soon.

The company's goal & egrave; to take driverless taxis to 65 cities by 2025 and then rise to 100 cities; by 2030. Pony.ai, a startup also supported by Toyota, has confirmed that it has received this important authorization. About its activities we know that last October it had obtained permission to test its driverless vehicles in an area of ​​the city & agrave; Beijing.

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