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Baidu inks to build 1,000 autonomous robotaxis

The Chinese tech giant has expanded its partnership with BAIC group and has announced to build 1,000 electric vehicles.

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The Chinese tech giant has expanded its partnership with BAIC group and has announced to build 1,000 electric vehicles.

The project is to be complete in the coming three years. And the investment given to the project is 480,000 yuan ($74,987) each. The partnership also extended to the electric vehicle unit Arcfox. Before that, Baidu also launched autonomous vehicles and tested them on the roads of Beijing and California.

Called Apollo Moon, its next generation of robotaxis would be built on the Arcfox Alpha-T. the vehicle will also have sensors and wave radars to function properly with 13-cameras.  The vehicle will work on algorithms. It also would sport new features such as an artificial intelligence-powered (AI) voice assistant, mobile app climate control, and intelligent car doors.

The autonomous vehicles had an estimated operating cycle of at least five years and, at a per-unit manufacturing price of 480,000 yuan, would cost significantly lower to produce than the industry average of 1.5 million yuan per unit, said Baidu. This would help achieve better scalability and drive the adoption of autonomous ride-hailing services in China, the vendor said.

This venture will boost Baidu’s service to that of urban areas and the cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing.

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