Chinese Tech Giant Baidu And BMW Plan To Roll Out A Self-Driving Car
Baidu is still to unveil the features of its self-driven vehicle, but we are sure Google will have pure competition.
As Google approaches the finish line with its self-driven car, Chinese search giant Baidu seems like its preparing for the next race. The Chinese company has been aiming to release its own self-driven vehicle since a few years now. It had previously partnered with BMW in 2014, and now it seems like the partnership is doing pretty well. Wang Jin, Baidu’s Senior vice president announced that the company has joined heads with the German car manufacturer to roll out a self-driven car by the end of this year.
As reports state, Baidu doesn’t plan to eliminate drivers totally, but assist them in an automated vehicle. The Chinese company aims to test its autonomous technology throughout its plan, and at least for now its self-driven car will have a human driver present. This definitely confirms Baidu’s plans to be smaller as compared to Google – where the American tech giant plans to totally eliminate a driver from its self-driven vehicle.
According to The Guardian, "the prototype car will be used to test road-readiness of Baidu’s technology, which will involve the car driving itself but still have human controls."
However, Baidu’s plans will certainly rival Google to a great extent, and the Chinese search giant might also eliminate the need for a driver in the future. The company is currently making next level researches in artificial intelligence, robotics, and computer “vision,” for its autonomous vehicle.
Last year in 2014, Baidu reportedly invested $10 million into a mapping company called IndoorAtlas. The company aimed to use their expertise to deliver an amazing data-mapping service to consumers.
For now, it seems like it is just the west that is supporting the idea of self-driving vehicles, and legislations of other countries are lacking support. It is expected that China will support self-driving vehicles to a higher level, just like its adds support laws for new businesses. Whereas the European and US governments seem to be considering who’ll be at blame if a self-driven car crashes into another. Baidu is still to unveil the features of its self-driven vehicle, but we are sure Google will have pure competition.
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