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Baidu's Apollo aims to offer robotaxi service to 3 million users in 2023 - Metro US

Baidu’s Apollo aims to offer robotaxi service to 3 million users in 2023

FILE PHOTO: Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese tech giant Baidu said on Thursday its smart driving unit Apollo plans to cater to a total of 3 million users in China with a fleet of 3,000 robotaxis in 2023.

Baidu also announced that it is partnering with BAIC Group’s electric vehicle (EV) brand ARCFOX to develop Apollo Moon, EV robotaxis that are set to be mass-produced at a cost of 480,000 yuan ($74,766.36) per unit.

The duo will produce 1,000 Apollo Moon EVs in the next three years, Baidu told a press conference in Beijing.

($1 = 6.4200 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Tony Munroe; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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