Survival expert and Baidu CEO Robin Li might have landed himself in a bit of trouble with the law after showing off the driverless car that his company is developing on live-stream earlier today.
Footage has gone viral on Chinese social media of Li video-calling into the Baidu Create conference in Beijing from the passenger seat of a driverless car. In the video, Li says that he is currently on his way to the conference and is just now passing by the city’s 5th Ring Road.
While the live-stream left some impressed, others wondered if he was actually allowed to do that.
A Beijing Youth Daily reporter soon contacted local police who said that they were aware of the situation and had already launched an investigation. The unnamed officer added that the city’s current traffic regulations do not allow for driverless vehicles on the roads.
However, later in the afternoon, Baidu clarified to Sina Technology that, in fact, during Li’s ride there was someone sitting in the driver’s seat of the driverless car, Gu Weihao, GM of Baidu’s Intelligent Vehicle Division. So, umm, Li is apparently either a lawbreaker or a liar?
Baidu first took its self-driving car out for a spin in Beijing in December 2015 for a controlled road test. The next year, the company announced plans to escort travelers around the ancient watertown of Wuzhen via driverless vehicles.
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