Baidu Unveils Custom Robotaxi With Steering Wheel That Will Be Removed

BaiduBIDU, the Chinese search giant, has revealed a new custom designed robotaxi it states will go into service in their Apollo Go autonomous ride-hail service starting in 2023.

Baidu states the vehicle costs around $37,000 to make and will allow them to scale-up their service to tens of thousands of units over time.

 A strange feature of the design is that the initial vehicle includes a steering wheel which will never be used in normal operation. Instead, it is designed to be removed, and will be once Chinese law permits vehicles with no steering wheel. The result will be a more open cabin.

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