Baidu, the Chinese search giant, has revealed a new autonomous vehicle that can be operated by a remote steering wheel. It will be available for taxi service beginning in 2023. It is nearly half the price of the old model and costs $ 37,000. Robin Li, Baidu’s chief executive officer, stated at the Baidu World conference that the price reduction will enable the company to deploy tens or thousands of drones throughout China.
The fourth-level autopilot will be installed in the new car. It does not need human intervention. The car has 12 cameras and 8 lidars to assess road conditions. As soon as it is approved by Chinese authorities, these cars will be on the Chinese roads.
Baidu’s senior vice-president Li Zhenyu has already stated that the new cars are comparable in terms of driving quality with a human driver who has had 20 years of experience.
Similar machines are expected in the US. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, stated at an April investor conference that the company plans to start mass production of its pedalless and wheelless robot taxis in 2024. He stated that a trip in a current car will be less expensive than a trip on a bus.
Waymo introduced a robot taxi last year without a steering wheel. The company representatives stated that the fully autonomous vehicles would be available on US roads within the next few years. But, everything is still dependent on the absence of permits from regulatory authorities.