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."
Internet search engine Baidu, China's answer to Google, is rolling out a fleet of its Apollo robotaxis across three cities in China, although it hasn't disclosed the number. Baidu worked with a number of carmakers including Toyota, Honda and Ford for the development of Apollo.