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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Apollo Go Ramps Up Rides Threefold

Apollo Go, Baidu’s autonomous ride-hailing service, provided about 660,000 rides in the first quarter of 2023, up 236% year-on-year and 18% quarter-on-quarter. That implies Apollo Go is now providing more than 55,000 rides a week, compared with 10,000 for Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet.

On March 17th, Apollo Go received Beijing's first permits to operate ride-hailing services with no driver or safety operator in the vehicles.  Apollo Go is now allowed to provide fully driverless ride-hailing service in the Yizhuang region of Beijing.  As a result, Apollo Go is now providing  fully driverless services in three cities: Beijing, Wuhan, and Chongqing. 

In Wuhan, where Apollo Go first received the permits to provide such services on public roads in August 2022, it now has more than 135 driverless vehicles, and more than one-third of the paid rides Apollo Go provided were in fully driverless vehicles. 

Apollo Go said the release of the RT6 vehicle (scheduled for the second half of 2023) will help to reduce hardware costs. CNBC has reported that the RT6, which has a detachable steering wheel, costs 250,000 yuan (about 37,300 US dollars) to produce.  Source: Baidu earnings

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