Baidu Launches Commercial Fully Driverless Ride-Hailing Service in Shenzhen

Chinese tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU and HKEX: 9888), has obtained licensing for commercial operation of its fully driverless ride-hailing service in Shenzhen.Baidu robotaxis are now authorized to provide ride-hailing service with no safety operator present in the car, making Shenzhen the fourth city in China where such service is available, following Wuhan, Chongqing and Beijing.

With this new license, Baidu’s Apollo Go robotaxis will be allowed to operate across an area of 188 square kilometers in Shenzhen from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, catering to both morning and evening commuters. Users can conveniently access the service by using the Apollo Go app or mini-program, as well as Baidu Maps, Baidu App, and other platforms.

This expansion significantly broadens the scope of Baidu‘s commercial fully driverless ride-hailing service operations nationwide and paves the way for future expansion to paying users across China.