China’s Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars

A technician monitors the self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. on June 14, 2022, in Beijing. Baidu Inc. is China’s highest-profile competitor in a multibillion-dollar race with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and General Motors Co.’s Cruise to create self-driving cars. Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

With no one at the wheel, a self-driving taxi developed by tech giant Baidu Inc. is rolling down a Beijing street when its sensors spot the corner of a delivery cart jutting into its lane.

The taxi stops a half-car-length away. “So sorry,” a recorded voice tells passengers. The steering wheel turns on …
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