China gives Baidu green light to start its autonomous vehicles program in Beijing

China gives Baidu green light to start its autonomous vehicles program in Beijing

The Asian country has given permission to the technology to test autonomous driving through the streets of the capital. The decision comes days after one of the autonomous cars of Uber hit a pedestrian in the United States.

China clears the way for the arrival of the autonomous car. Beijing has given permission to Baidu, the Internet search giant in the Asian country, to test its autonomous driving technology in its streets. The decision of the Chinese capital comes days after a Uber autonomous vehicle hit a pedestrian in the United States.

Baidu has become one of the Chinese companies with the greatest push in the field of driverless driving. «With support policies, we believe that Beijing will become a growing center for the autonomous driving industry,» Zhao Cheng, vice president of the technology giant, said in a statement.

China wants to become one of the players with greater potential in this field, in which they have been admitted from technological giants like Google to manufacturers of vehicles such as Toyota. The context is convulsive while waiting for the arrival of a regulation on this type of cars and their coexistence in urban traffic.

Uber has delayed its strategic plans with the autonomous car after one of its vehicles fatally ran over a woman crossing the street this week. The US company has temporarily suspended its program in this area in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.