Two months ago, Baidu flooded the streets of Beijing, the capital of China, with hundreds of Apollo robotic taxis that drive residents around virtually the entire city, and now another company offers similar services in Shenzhen. We are talking about not just any player, because the AutoX company, which belongs to the Alibaba group.
To begin with, 25 Chrysler Pacifica cars are already operating in the city. These are the same vehicles offered by the American company Waymo in Phoenix, which was the first in the world to launch such a service. It is a pity that in Europe we can dream about traveling with such vehicles for now. Meanwhile, more and more robotic taxi fleets are popping up like mushrooms in China and the United States.
The governments of both countries announce that the future of city travel will belong to this type of transport. It will be complemented by air transport in the form of flying taxis. The authorities want robo-taxi fares on typical routes not to exceed the dollar.
Baidu and Alibaba already have fleets of autonomous taxis consisting of hundreds of vehicles. Currently, they regularly and pilot nearly 1,500 kilometers of roads in the largest Chinese metropolises. Baidu also boasts the longest Autonomous Taxi section in the Middle Kingdom and one of the longest in the world. The section in Beijing, Changsha and Cangzhouma is 700 kilometers.
Chinese concerns, however, cinema scanner not rest on their laurels. The road network and the vehicle fleet are to be continuously expanded until it covers the entire country. The government plans to increase the rights of fully autonomous vehicles powered by ecological energy sources in the future. In practice, this will mean that the owners of such vehicles or their passengers will be able to count on the right-of-way at intersections and special parking spaces in crowded cities.