Baidu pushes to put driverless taxis on China’s roads, pledging to build 1000 in 3 years

Baidu has partnered with state-owned automaker BAIC Group to build 1,000 driverless cars over the next three years. Baidu has been testing robotaxis in a number of major cities across China including Shanghai, but the new partnership is an attempt to commercialize autonomous taxis on a mass scale. This will pit the company against ride-hailing giant Didi, which is racing toward an initial public offering in the U.S. and is also developing its own robotaxis.