Unmanned Robotaxis for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Cost $71,100 per Vehicle.

Level 4 Autonomous Shuttles Was Adopted in an Olympic Park During the 2022 Winter Olympics Without Safe Drivers. 

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Olympic Villages are a great pilot deployment location for autonomous shuttles because of their controlled access, natural end date, and public visibility. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics partnered with a tech company to add robotaxis to the transit modes available to athletes and staff participating at the games. The app associated with the robotaxis allows riders to easily find and request robotaxi rides through self-service procedures. The robotaxi is equipped with advanced features, including virtual reality navigation, remote car honking to locate the vehicle, and identity verification and pandemic prevention measures with QR codes. Additionally, the 5G Remote Driving Service is available, enables human operators to remotely access the vehicles promptly in case of emergencies. 

Table 1 provides the cost of vehicle model used in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Game and the 2022 generation.

Table 1. Cost of the Unmanned Robotaxis for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Vehicle Model Cost per vehicle (2021 RMB) Cost per vehicle (2021 USD)
Previous Generation used in 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (Level 4 automation, 2 LiDARs, 13 cameras, 5 millimeter wave radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors) 480,000 $71,100
2022 Generation (Level 4 automation, 8 LiDARs, 12 cameras, 6 millimeter wave radar, 12 ultrasonic radar) 250,000 $37,032


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