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Baidu launches robo-taxi ride-hailing service in Chinese city Changsha

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Company started service with first batch of self-driving Hongqi jointly developed with Chinese automaker FAW

Baidu has launched a self-driving ride hailing service called Apollo Robotaxi in Changsha in Hunan province, China, the company said in a press release on 26 September. The company started the service with the first batch of 45 self-driving Hongqi EV vehicles, jointly developed with Chinese automaker FAW Group. These test vehicles of offer passengers ride in a pilot zone in Changsha covering a total area of 70 kilometers square and 135-kilometer-long open road, making it the largest pilot zone in China.

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