Apollo, the autonomous driving technology platform of Chinese tech giant Baidu, on Wednesday released the 2021 Baidu Autonomous Driving Service Semi-Annual Report.
According to the report, Apollo’s autonomous driving service has covered four cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Changsha and Cangzhou, with an operating area of over 600 square km, securing over 410 test operation licenses, providing over 400,000 individual service trips and receiving a 95.3% rate of five star customer reviews.
In the second quarter of 2021, the Apollo autonomous driving service was commercially piloted in Cangzhou and Beijing’s Shougang Park. At the same time, Apollo began to participate in the second stage of unmanned ride testing in Beijing. In Shougang Park, it can also carry out trial operations of autonomous driving. Its unmanned technology has achieved a leading breakthrough. Since May, Apollo’s unmanned vehicles in Shougang Park have carried more than 5,000 passengers and accumulated a total travel distance of over 11,850 km.
On March 12 of this year, the platform officially obtained an autonomous driving test notice and autonomous driving demonstration operation notice issued by the Cangzhou Municipal Government, including a chargeable demonstration operation license. From April 22 to May 31, the platform officially opened its commercial charging function in Cangzhou, and completed more than 1,800 charged orders.
At present, Apollo’s service can achieve full-time coverage and meet diversified needs. The nighttime unmanned ride testing, initiated in Beijing, Guangzhou, Cangzhou and other places, has expanded the service time to 23:00 p.m.
According to national data in the report, in the first half of 2021, the average waiting time for calling cars on Apollo was 4.6 minutes. Cars took orders within 42 seconds on average, while passengers were picked up within 3.9 minutes on average. The data fully show that Apollo’s service booking platform is responsive.
In this year, the platform has received nearly 50,000 user evaluations – over 95% of which included five-star praise – and a relatively high test ride satisfaction level with 4.9 points.