Self-driving robot taxi. Source: Apollo/Baidu The Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc. has successfully obtained the first licenses for self-driving robot taxis. The robot taxis will be deployed for the first time on Monday in the cities of Wuhan and Chongqing. According to Baidu, the licenses obtained represent a “turning point” in China’s policy-making on autonomous driving. “These permits are of great significance to the industry,” Wei Dong, chief safety operations officer of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group, told the news agency Reuters. “When we think about space exploration, this moment is equivalent to landing on the moon.” Initially, five robot taxis will be active per city. Permits Baidu is also in talks with local governments in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The search engine giant hopes to obtain the permits within a year, so that the self-driving robot taxis can also be used in those cities.Read also: Self-driving taxi drives away when arrested in San Francisco Flying electric taxis are coming

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