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WeRide’s robotaxi in Guangzhou

The rise of self-driving taxis in China comes at a time when people are nervous about taking public transport.

Robotaxi providers plan to ramp up the number of driverless cars they are putting on the roads to cater to the increased demand.

One of the leading players AutoX is rolling out 100 autonomous vehicles in Shanghai by June.

The start-up is one of several Chinese companies quickly moving to offer self-driving taxi services to the public.

“The pandemic has made our society realise that we need self-driving cars for situations like this,” said a spokesman for AutoX, which is backed by Chinese internet giant Alibaba. “RoboTaxi with its self-disinfecting capabilities and driverless logistics could save lots of lives.”

Source: BBC Business News

Date: May 7th, 2020

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52392366

Discussion

  1. “The pandemic has made our society realize that we need self-driving cars for situations like this.” Is this true?
  2. What other situations would bring about a “need” for self-driving cars?

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