Baidu introduces world’s first multi-modal autonomous driving MaaS platform in Guangzhou, China

Baidu has partnered with the Guangzhou Huangpu District government to roll out the world’s first multi-modal autonomous driving MaaS platform. By integrating an assortment of autonomous driving services to provide travel recommendations, this diverse platform can holistically optimise the travelling experience of users in line with combined platform strategies.

Comprising over 40 autonomous vehicles, the collective fleet has deployed five different model types – Robotaxi, Robobus, Apolong, Apollocop and New Species Vehicle – to begin comprehensively serving the city during the bustling holiday period. Most vehicles have safety drivers except the new species vehicles in compliance with local regulations. The minibus Apolong has no brake pedal or steering wheel, just a touchscreen interface to control it.