Mr Jing said the city was keen to use robot vehicles because they were a
much more efficient way to transport people and goods.
The current model in which many households own a car was a "great waste"
of resources, he said, because most of the time private cars stood idle.
By contrast, he said, robot cars would be much more heavily used.
Mr Jing said he hoped the Wuhu trial would lead to projects elsewhere.
"We are trying to give the experience and data to the central government
so they can see the benefit and that will make it easier for us to push
to other cities in China," he said. "We hope it will be a starting point
that lets us take it to other countries."
Baidu is known to be working closely with German car maker BMW on the
development of control systems for autonomous vehicles. The cars
emerging from that partnership as well as others made by Chinese car
maker Chery will be used in the Wuhu trial.