Baidu opens self-driving car platform to automotive industry

Posted: 19 April 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Baidu is opening its self-driving vehicle platform to help accelerate the development of autonomous cars.

The Chinese internet giant has today (19/04) announced it project Apollo. Apollo will see its vehicle platform, hardware platform software platform and cloud data services opened to help others in the industry, mostly car manufacturers, in developing autonomous cars.

Baidu plans to open the technologies up for vehicles in restricted environments this July and then for simple urban road conditions by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is to open its fully autonomous driving capabilities by 2020.

“AI has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” said COO Qi Lu in a statement.

Baidu is also looking to add partners to its program to strengthen it, particularly around compatible vehicles, sensors, and other components.

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