Southeast Asia, home to over 600 million people going through an economic and technological transformation akin to the one that China went through a decade ago, is a natural target for China’s tech titans.
Robotaxi, a fleet of 45 autonomous cars created by Baidu and FAW Group Corporation (FAW), started operation in certain areas of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province.
It has been slightly over two months since Didi’s autonomous driving division was spun off into an independent entity in an attempt to stimulate the company’s efforts in R&D and product application.
Baidu, Inc, the company responsible for China’s leading internet search service among other things, has reported robust financial performance in the second quarter, beating estimates on revenue.
Chinese Internet giant Baidu topped industry peers by a landslide in autonomous driving technology by having the most number of test license plates and vehicles, and the longest overall distance driven.