Self-driving robotaxis are now an actual ‘thing’ in China

Yesterday, leading tech company Baidu launched China’s first commercial fully autonomous taxi service.

10 of the company’s Apollo Go are now operating at Beijing’s Shougang Park – one of the venues of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – covering a 3 square kilometer range with eight pick-up/drop-off stops, reported Shanghai Daily.

With no driver behind the wheel, Baidu aims to deliver a real driverless experience à la Waymo, although for now, a safety staff member occupies the front passenger seat to take over in case of an emergency.


Passengers can call a robotaxi via the Apollo Go App. They can locate it using virtual reality navigation and remote car honking. When the taxi arrives, they need to scan a QR code and a health code for identification and pandemic prevention purposes.