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Oct 31, 2018 07:24 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

Baidu Test-Drives Autonomous Taxis in Central China

Apolong, the world’s first Level-4 self-driving bus, is unveiled at Baidu Inc.’s artificial-intellegence developer conference in Beijing on July 4. Photo: VCG
Apolong, the world’s first Level-4 self-driving bus, is unveiled at Baidu Inc.’s artificial-intellegence developer conference in Beijing on July 4. Photo: VCG

Search giant Baidu Inc. is ready to test its first batch of self-driving taxis in Central China’s Hunan province, as it races toward commercializing autonomous technology — the next big thing in the tech world.

A fleet of self-driving cabs, or “robo-taxis,” will soon be tested in a pilot zone in the provincial capital of Changsha, and will open to the public for rides in the future, the company announced after signing an agreement with the city government on Monday.

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