In the last few days, the fruits of years of development work and investments worth billions have become impressively apparent. After Waymo One, AutoX and GM Cruise, Baidu announced that it will soon start driverless testing of its self-driving cars. The Chinese Internet giant, which fought for dominance in autonomous systems with its open source operating system for autonomous cars called Apollo, received permission from Beijing to test autonomous cars without drivers.
The company is allowed to operate a total of five vehicles on public roads in the city. However, it must always be possible for the vehicles to be taken over by a remote operator via the 5G network. Baidu plans to remove the security drivers from the vehicle permanently after further tests.
Beijing has strict requirements for driverless driving tests. Vehicles must have T3 or higher test capabilities, safely cover more than 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) on open roads and pass an evaluation on a closed track. Baidu has met all of these requirements.
This article was also published in German.