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China gave Baidu the green light to lead self-driving globally

China authorized Baidu Inc. to self-driving the tests and take the global lead in the race after the US crash. Beijing has given the green light to the technology giant to test self-driving cars on city streets, even when the industry was in a fatal accident in the United States.

Beijing's move becomes very important as China looks to improve its position in the global race for autonomous vehicles. The country aims to seize the opportunity that may be abandoned or postponed in the US from regulatory concerns that have been in the spotlight since the crash earlier this month.

Tinuku China gave Baidu the green light to lead self-driving globally

The accident in Tempe, Arizona, involving Uber's self-driving car, was the first death to be attributed to self-driving cars operating in an autonomous mode. The tragedy has increased the pressure of regulators on the industry to prove safe software and sensors.

Beijing has given Baidu permission to test their autonomous vehicles on 33 roads spanning 105 kilometers (65 miles) on the outskirts of low-income cities. Baidu's Apollo is leading the technology without drivers in China where Beijing wants to compete on a global level like Alphabet's Waymo.

"We believe Beijing will be the center of growth of the autonomous drive industry," said Baidu Vice President Zhao Cheng.

The ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing also works in own self-driving technology and earlier this week said autonomous vehicle development companies may not have slowed down plans to test and develop. Earlier this month, Shanghai licensed a self-driving test to SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and NIO.


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