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Chinese internet giant Baidu starts offering nighttime driverless taxis in China


Chinese internet giant Baidu became known for its search engines, making significant advances in autonomous driving.


Starting this week, the public will be able to ride its robotaxis in Wuhan between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. without the need for safety drivers. Previously, its unmanned vehicles could only operate in the city from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The revised scheme is expected to serve one million customers in selected areas of Wuhan, a city of more than ten million people. In contrast to Tesla's vision-based solution, Baidu, like most autonomous vehicle startups, uses a combination of third-party cameras, radars, and lidars to help its cars see better in low-visibility conditions.

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