Baidu intros Apollo project to open-source auto research

Posted April 20, 2017

The stigma around self-driving technologies is steadily normalizing and Baidu is looking to contribute to an expedited development of autonomous vehicles by everyone in the industry.

Today, a number of technology giants are active in the autonomous driving field and leading automotive manufacturers have begun to incorporate driverless technology into their own vehicles.

Baidu has been testing its autonomous cars both in China and in the U.S. In 2015, it said it had tested a fully autonomous auto in Beijing on a route that had mixed roads in a variety of environmental conditions.

He said cooperation between vehicle brands and internet technology companies would gradually generate greater innovations and benefit both sides. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Subaru, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: GM) GM Cruise division. GM, -0.62% and Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc.

Technology stocks have turned solidly lower in late trade, with shares of tech companies in the S&P 500 declining over 0.2% this afternoon. It has tested its own self-driving cars for millions of miles and is considered one of the industry's leaders.

Two months after the appointment, Baidu's chief scientist Andrew Ng, who led AI and augmented reality projects, said he would step down.

But research shows that USA drivers remain skeptical of self-driving cars.

Competition in the autonomous driving space is mounting as tech companies and traditional automakers vie for a slice of the pie. Almost a third (30%) of Gen Z consumers and almost half (49%) of Boomers say that their biggest concern with a self-driving vehicle is a technology error or failure. Our partnership with Baidu in areas of autonomous driving has entered a stage of in-depth customization, Chen said. Automated driving is a new and complex concept for many consumers; they'll have to experience it firsthand to fully understand it.

"It has many vehicle brands and an open environment that is ripe for collaboration", said Qi Lu, group president and COO at Baidu.

Baidu said yesterday that it is launching its self-driving vehicle technology for restricted environment in July before gradually introducing fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads by 2020.

It plans to introduce fully autonomous driving capacities on highways and urban roads by 2020, the company said.