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Baidu Gets Licenses to Test Self-Driving Vehicles

Auto News - Published on Fri, 10 Jan 2020

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Chinese multinational technology company Baidu announced on December 30 it was granted 40 road test licenses for passenger-carrying autonomous driving by regulators in Beijing. The tech giant is one of the first companies in China to be given green lights to self-driving cars for carrying passengers on Beijing’s roads. Up to now, Baidu Apollo has obtained 120 such licenses.

Beijing boasts the country's first region-level road network of over 300km for self-driving test. Covering Yizhuang, Haidian, Shunyi, Fangshan and other regions, the test roads in the city have a total distance of more than 500km. As Beijing issues the licenses for passenger-carrying vehicles, the 322-km road in Yizhuang has been opened up for the test.

The Chinese Internet giant has conducted road tests in 23 cities of China with the tested vehicles running over 3 million kilometers in total. In addition, the company has filed 1,237 patents on intelligent driving. In July, it also obtained T4 licenses to test self-driving vehicles in the capital city of Beijing. Licenses employed on the road test of Beijing are classified into five levels—from T1 to T5.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Fri, 10 Jan 2020
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