Chinese search engine and autonomous driving giant Baidu on Wednesday unveiled its new unmanned vehicle travel service platform, Luobo Kuaipao (萝卜快跑, literally, run fast, carrot).
The service is based on Apollo's operational experience over the past two years and will provide commercial operations and diversified value-added services to the public to accelerate the era of unmanned travel, the company said.
As of the first half of 2021, the Baidu Apollo self-driving mobility service has received more than 400,000 passengers and tested more than 14 million kilometers, according to the company.
Apollo has more than 2,900 self-driving patents and has opened up manned services in four cities - Beijing, Guangzhou, Changsha and Cangzhou, the company said.
Baidu Apollo will be operational in more cities and travel scenarios in the future, the company said.
Baidu began its involvement in autonomous driving technology eight years ago and is one of the earliest Chinese companies to enter the field.
In May 2021, the Baidu Apollo test fleet had reached 500 vehicles and acquired 2,900 smart driving patents. A total of 221 test licenses were granted to Apollo, including 179 manned test licenses.
As of April 2021, Apollo L4 level autonomous driving road test mileage has exceeded 10 million kilometers, making it the first Chinese company to reach this threshold.
From May 2, Apollo driverless Robotaxi officially opened for regular commercial operation, and the public could start to experience the world's first fully driverless cab service.
(Photo source: Baidu)