Baidu said the permit would allow 10 of its autonomous vehicles to offer rides on the open roads in the area, without human drivers sitting behind the wheel
Toyota-backed tech firm gets a licence to operate 100 vehicles in Guangzhou's Nansha district. Rival groups are also testing self-driving cars in Shenzhen, Changsha and California.
The government wants to make the change in order to promote services using "self-driving" vehicles, Nikkei said
Chinese autonomous vehicle makers have improved gradually over the past five years, but they are no match for their Western counterparts, says the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Chinese startup has based its new delivery van on JMC's battery electric vehicle model and will feature WeRide's full-stack autonomous driving software