Baidu unveiled a new version of its self-driving robotaxi that it says costs nearly half as much to make as the previous model, opening the opportunity for cheaper travel.
Apollo RT6 robotaxis are set to be mass-produced at a cost of 250,000 yuan ($37,000) per unit, the Chinese search-engine giant said on Thursday.
Baidu aims to deploy the vehicle, which has a detachable steering wheel, on its riding-hailing service in 2023. The company said it plans to eventually deploy “tens of thousands” of the robotaxis.
“We are moving toward a future where taking a robotaxi will be half the cost of taking a taxi today,” Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li said.