Pony.ai and Baidu are allowed to operate additional self-driving cabs in Beijing since Thursday. Authorities have given the green light for this, as reported by the Financial Times. However, there has to be a driver present in the car who can take action in case of an emergency. The 14 newly registered cars will be allowed to operate in a 60-square-kilometer zone in the Yizhuang district. The two companies had previously conducted a five-month pilot program, according to business portal Caixin. In approving these so-called robo-taxis, Beijing follows smaller Chinese cities.
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