8 August 2022 BaiDu, a robot taxi service provider (Robotaxi), announced that the company is the first in the country to receive a tax license to operate a taxi without a driver.
According to CNBC, the approval from the local government resulted in the Baidu (Apollo Go) branded robotaxi business not having an employee cost in some cases.
However, that previous license covers only 10 robotaxi, which are divided between two suburban areas of Wuhan and Chongqing Municipality.
Last April, “Pony.ai” (Pony.ai), a competitor to Baidu’s robo-taxi, they have got licensed driverless taxi service in the suburbs of Beijing, but there must be an officer sitting in the car with the passenger.
Last year, more municipalities in China issued the licenses. This allows robotaxi companies to operate and collect fares in some areas.
Before that, Waymo, the us company, by ALPHABET. and Cruise by General Motors (GM), operate a Robotaxi without assistants in the car. By law, the Robotaxi test and fare charges vary by city and state.
Baidu claims that they have received more than 1 million robo-taxi orders and that 196,000 ride orders have been taken in the first three months of this year.