Baidu launches robotaxi service in all major Chinese megacities
The leading Chinese search engine Baidu is launching the ApolloGo robotaxi service in the largest megacities of the country, including the Nanshan district (Shenzhen) with a population of 13 million people, as well as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
The service will initially be available through a special Baidu ApolloGo application, which is distributed to 50 stations covering the busiest traffic arteries of Shenzhen from 9 to 17-00 hours.
In total, by 2025, Baidu intends to cover 65 cities with the service, and by 2030 — about a hundred cities. There is no need to talk about a monopoly in this case, since Baidu has several serious competitors — in particular, Auto X, which offers trips in self-driving cars.
In the USA, similar services are provided by Waymo One and GM Cruise. However, in terms of services, Baidu is far ahead of them. The whole question is whether the Chinese search engine will be able to maintain leadership in a new market for itself.