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Baidu joins hands with BAIC Group to mass produce self-driving cars by 2019

Baidu is joining hands with BAIC Group to mass produce self-driving cars by 2019. BAIC Group, a Chinese automaker will take care of the manufacturing part while Baidu will handle self-driving technology, cybersecurity, image recognition and DuerOS virtual assistant capabilities, Weixin has reported.

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Baidu joins hands with BAIC Group to mass produce self-driving cars by 2019

It is known that the Chinese internet giant is working with many companies to develop an autonomous driving platform-Apollo. The company had released the second generation of its open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo 1.5, recently. The open platform will be leveraged to produce vehicles with Level 3 autonomy by the year 2019 and then with level 4 autonomy by 2021.

Through this partnership both the companies plan to equip over 1 million of BAIC’s vehicles with autonomous technology. The companies together will also bring into existence an ecosystem of cloud-based automotive products and services. The companies will also work on crowd-sourcing traffic information etc.

It is interesting to note the time of the announcement as only a month back General Motors had announced to have created the first mass-producible autonomous car. Apollo has more than 50 partners, which includes vehicle manufacturers, Teir1s, startups, component providers. Nvidia, which is also a member of the alliance has recently produced an AI chips which can enable level 5 autonomy, it will be interesting to see how things develop from here.

 

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