By Jane Lanhee Lee, Munsif Vengattil | Reuters
OAKLAND – Baidu Inc has received a licence from the authorities of California to trial self-driving cars without a operator down the wheel, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said connected Wednesday.
Although self-driving vehicles are designed to destruct the request for a driver, astir investigating frankincense acold has been with a information operator down the instrumentality who tin instrumentality implicit successful lawsuit of emergency. Currently, 58 companies person permits successful California to trial self-driving cars with specified a backup driver, including astir large automakers and Apple Inc.
Baidu is the sixth institution to person a licence to trial without a operator down the wheel. The licence allows it to trial 3 autonomous vehicles connected specified streets wrong Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County.
According to Baidu, it volition beryllium utilizing 2 antithetic models of cars for investigating its self-driving system, the Lincoln MKZ sedan and the Chrysler Pacifica van.
The Chinese hunt motor person has 500 self-driving cars investigating mostly successful China and immoderate successful the United States with information drivers.
It has not said erstwhile it volition commencement investigating without a operator successful California.
It besides runs a robotaxi work unfastened to the nationalist successful Changsha, Beijing, and the metropolis of Cangzhou successful the bluish Hebei Province, but with a information operator down the wheel.