Volvo Car Corp. is the latest company to partner with Baidu Inc. in developing and deploying self-driving vehicles for the Chinese market.
Volvo’s aim is to design and build mini-shuttles specifically to function as robo-taxis, although it hasn’t yet signed a commercial deal to do so, Bloomberg News reports.
Baidu, China’s largest internet search engine, unveiled its third-generation of its Apollo software platform for robotic cars in July. Volvo says it aims to combine the open-source software with its vehicles to launch a fleet of Level 4 self-driving taxis about five years from now. Such vehicles will be able to operate with no human intervention inside specified areas.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.
There have been more than 20 reported attacks against Waymo’s self-driving fleet in Chandler, Ariz., since the company began testing the technology on public roads there two years ago.
Elio Motors is something of a brash company.