Baidu to Launch Autonomous Cars by 2020
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Chinese Web giant Baidu is offering its “robust, mature, and secure” autonomous driving technology to global car makers.

A new project, named Apollo after the lunar landing program, provides an open, complete software platform for manufacturers to develop their own self-driving systems.

“[Artificial intelligence] has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” Baidu’s Chief Operating Officer Qi Lu said in a statement.

The complete package, Apollo includes vehicle, hardware, and software platforms, as well as cloud data services. Baidu will even throw in a complete set of testing tools, plus source code for obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, and vehicle operating systems, among other functions.

No official partners have been announced ahead of Project Apollo’s soft launch in July; the program will open first for restricted environments, then to urban road conditions toward the end of the year.

That may be difficult, though, considering China’s ban on self-driving car testing—at least until the country’s regulations are approved. Luckily, Baidu has been honing its craft in the US; the company last year received a testing permit for use in California.


Baidu hopes to gradually introduce fully autonomous driving on highways and open city roads by 2020.

The search giant jumped on the bandwagon in 2015, when it successfully completed road tests for independently operated vehicles in Beijing. Last fall, it teamed with Nvidia for work on an artificial-intelligence-driven autonomous car platform.

“Baidu took the initiative to open our autonomous driving technology to the industry in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry,” Lu said.

“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets,” he continued, boasting that the Chinese firm is first to open its technology and platform to manufacturers.

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Bella Notizia !!