Chinese tech giant Baidu has obtained permission to operate fully driverless taxis commercially on public roads in the cities of Wuhan and Chongqing.
Baidu will offer the commercial robotaxi service -- with no driver present -- in some areas of the two cities via the company's autonomous ride-hailing platform Apollo Go.
Baidu said it would implement redundant monitoring and parallel driving to ensure passengers' safety.
Baidu has launched a pilot service on Apollo Go in various Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
In recent years, China has rolled out a series of policies to promote the development and commercialization of self-driving technology.
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