Volvo and Baidu are working on an autonomous taxi for ChinaNovember 1, 2018
By 2025, the company plans to supply up to a third of such cars for the PRC taxi service.
Volvo Cars has announced an agreement with Baidu, the largest Chinese IT company, with which they are jointly planning to create robotaxi. Under this agreement, the Swedes will have access to Apollo software, Baidu’s personal development for managing UAVs of the fourth level of autonomy.
The head of Volvo, Håkan Samuelson, suggested that the cost of developing cars would be about 5% of the turnover. He also added that the company needs partners such as Baidu and Veoneer to “be competitive in this segment.”
Currently, many companies are working not only on electric cars, but also on self-driving vehicles. In the United States, Tesla claims leadership, while Volkswagen, together with Mobileye and Champion Motors of Israel, have already announced the launch of an unmanned taxi in Israel next year.
Analysts at Goldman Sachs predict that by 2030 the passenger segment in passenger cars will increase eight times.
Meanwhile, General Motors is experiencing some difficulties with the release of an autonomous taxi. In particular, it concerns the environmental recognition system.