Baidu Opens Apollo Park in Shanghai to Accelerate Robotaxi Fleet Deployment

Technology Author: Contributor, Tom Kang Editor: Luke Sheehan Jul 29, 2021 10:51 AM (GMT+8)

Baidu Apollo plans to bring robotaxis to 3 million users by 2023.


Baidu's Apollo Park in Shanghai went into operation Wednesday, promising to supercharge the company's efforts to increase its coverage of robotaxi operations in the city.

The Apollo Park is located in Shanghai International Automobile City – the first national-level pilot demonstration zone for intelligent networked vehicles. Baidu signed a contract with the area's management in 2016 to deploy driverless cars for testing.

Covering an area of nearly 10,000 square meters, the Apollo Park is another intelligent connected eco-base built by Baidu in a megacity in China, following Beijing and Guangzhou.

Baidu Apollo will expand its robotaxi fleet here by more than 200 units, making it the largest self-driving fleet in East China, the company said.

Baidu hosted a Cadillac in-car experience on Wednesday, the first time Apollo Park has showcased a smart cockpit partnership with a luxury car brand.

Baidu said it has partnered with more than 70 car companies on intelligent in-car systems, with more than 600 models front-loaded with its OS.

Baidu on Wednesday also unveiled ACE 2.0, an intelligent transportation engine with what it calls a '1+3+N' architecture that includes one digital base, three intelligent engines and N scenario applications.

The company said the ACE series has already landed in nearly 30 cities.

This article was first published by Kang Tom on CnEVPost, a website focusing on new energy vehicle news from China.