China’s Didi Chuxing launches robot taxi experiment in Shanghai

Didi Chuxing is launching a self-driving car pilot in Shanghai, the Chinese ride-hailing giant announced.

The local government in Shanghai recently awarded Didi a permit to test its autonomous vehicles on public roads in Jiading District of Shanghai, though the company says it plans to expand beyond that district starting in 2021, according to Reuters. The company says it will deploy “30 different models of L4 autonomous vehicles.” (L4 means Level 4 on the Society of Automotive Engineers scale of autonomy, which means the vehicle is able to operate without any human intervention within a defined geographic area.)

Customers can use Didi’s app to summon an autonomous…

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