Baidu's self-driving platform, Apollo, has recently been granted an additional twenty licenses for autonomous car road tests from Beijing's authority. Just recently the very first ICV road test license was given to Baidu.
Baidu's legitimate autonomous driving road tests started with five T3 level provisional licenses that were issued to the company on March 22 and allowed it to execute road tests in areas like Haidian and Yizhuang. Around a week later, Fujian Province saw its autonomous vehicle road test be officially initiated as Pingtan, a county under the administration of Fuzhou (the capital of Fujian Province), released its first set of license plates to the Internet company.
Then in April, Baidu Apollo received such formal licenses from authorities of Chongqing and Baoding, Hebei Province. Especially, the road tests in Chongqing help the company collect more valuable data to cope with emergencies and fit special road conditions due to the city’s extreme complex geographical environment.
Baidu hasn't slowed the pace down on pursuing breakthroughs. In October, it was given go-ahead from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, along with another three firms.
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