BEIJING (AP) — A driverless ride-hailing automobile in China hit a pedestrian, and other people on social media are taking the…

BEIJING (AP) — A driverless ride-hailing automobile in China hit a pedestrian, and other people on social media are taking the carmaker’s aspect, as a result of the individual was reportedly crossing towards the sunshine.

The operator of the automobile, Chinese tech large Baidu, mentioned in a press release to Chinese media that the automobile started transferring when the sunshine turned inexperienced and had minor contact with the pedestrian. The individual was taken to a hospital the place an examination discovered no apparent exterior accidents, Baidu mentioned.

The incident on Sunday within the metropolis of Wuhan highlights the problem that autonomous driving faces in advanced conditions, the Chinese monetary information outlet Yicai mentioned. It quoted an professional saying the know-how might have limitations when coping with unconventional conduct resembling different autos or pedestrians that violate visitors legal guidelines.

Images posted on-line present an individual sitting on the road in entrance of the driverless automobile with its rooftop sensors. Comments on social media largely supported Baidu, stating that the pedestrian had damaged the regulation, the English-language Shanghai Daily newspaper mentioned in a submit on X.

Beijing-based search-engine and synthetic intelligence firm Baidu is a pacesetter within the improvement of autonomous driving in China. Its largest “robotaxi” operation, with a fleet of 300 vehicles, is in Wuhan, a significant metropolis in central China that had the world’s first main outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020.

Apollo Go, because the ride-hailing service is known as, additionally operates in additional restricted components of three different Chinese cities — Beijing, Shenzhen and Chongqing. The firm launched the sixth-generation of its driverless taxi in May, saying it had introduced the unit value down by greater than half to beneath $30,000.

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