BEIJING — Baidu can start collecting robotaxi fares in a part of Beijing from Thursday, the Chinese tech giant told CNBC this week, marking a major step toward building its driverless taxi business.
The regulatory approval to support robotaxis in China comes as local governments in the U.S. have been progressing in a similar direction.
However, Beijing city’s move carries additional weight.
Approval from China’s capital marks the first time such a large city in the country has allowed companies to charge the public for robotaxi rides.
It sets the stage for other cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to do the same, Wei Dong, vice president and chief security operation officer, at…