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“Chinese Uber” will launch a free drone taxi in Shanghai

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Didi Chuxing will launch a self-driving taxi service in the coming months. For the testing period, all trips will be free. The residents of Shanghai County will be the first to ride a drone, and outside of China this service will be launched by 2021.

This statement was made by Didi Technical Director Zhang Bo, speaking at the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence (WAIC) in Shanghai. According to him, the first opportunity to call the “car of the future” will be given to residents of Jiadin, a district in northwestern Shanghai.

You can choose any of more than 30 models, each of which is equipped with a system of the 4th level of autonomy, which does not imply the active participation of a person in the driving process. Nevertheless, for safety in the cabin there will be a driver who, in case of emergency, will take control.

In 2020, Didi’s Robotaxi service will be launched in Beijing and Shenzhen. And already in 2021, it will be available outside of China, reports Reuters.

The world’s first commercial autonomous passenger transportation service was launched last December by Waymo , the sister company of Google. Waymo One is available around the clock, but a smart car can only be called within the four areas of Phoenix (the capital of the US state of Arizona).

The experience of traveling on Waymo robotic cars is not much different from driving in a regular taxi: cars automatically slow down when moving speed bumps and other irregularities, slow down at intersections and accelerate when changing lanes.

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