©QIAN JIN/BAIDU via BBC News
- unveil /uhn-VEHYL/
- prowess /PROU-is/
- deploy /dih-PLOI/
- autonomous /aw-TON-uh-muhs/
- fleet /fleet/
[verb] – to show or introduce something new or make it known publicly for the first time
European businesses are now ready to unveil their newest models.
[noun] – great ability or skill
She’s renowned for her athletic prowess.
[verb] – to put something into use
Airbags are deployed in vehicle crashes of 8 to 12 miles per hour.
[adjective] – an autonomous machine or system is able to operate without being controlled directly by humans
The company is working to improve its autonomous vehicle storage system.
[noun] – a number of buses, aircraft, etc. under the control of one person or organization
The new fleet of taxis will be revealed next month.
– eight light-detection and range (Lidar) sensors
– a single 6mm (0.2 inch) radar
– 12 ultrasound sensors
– 12 cameras
Since the service’s launch in 2020, Baidu claims its robo-taxis have provided more than one million rides in ten Chinese cities, including Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing.
“This massive cost reduction will enable us to deploy tens of thousands of [automated vehicles] across China,” said co-founder and chief executive Robin Li during the company’s annual technology conference. Currently, autonomous vehicles in China are still required to have a safety driver in the vehicle. However, according to Baidu, the RT6’s removable steering wheel might be swapped out for additional seats, vending machines, tables, or gaming consoles in the future. For a small-scale trial, Baidu wants the RT6 to join its current fleet in the second half of 2023, with the goal of having 100,000 of them on the roads by the end of the decade. There has been talk regarding the effect on jobs if they were made official on the nation’s social network, says a Chinese expert for a news site. She added: “While pilot schemes have been rolled out, there have been perceptions online that they are still ‘hard to find’ or that appointments are difficult to make, in order to try one out.
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