China’s Baidu follows in Google’s footsteps as it reveals it’s working on partial self-drive cars
We were first able to set eyes on the self driving cars project of Google back in May and looks like the Baidu search engine, which is literally the Google for China, is also planning to bring about a similar project. Of course, how can China stay back in such a technologically evolved project we are all thinking. According to Baidu’s deputy director of its Institute of Deep Learning, Kai Yu, the company is not looking at this project of cars which are totally driverless because they have envisioned a driver would necessarily go with the package in order to assist everything.
In an interview with TNW he said “This is actually an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally… We don’t call this a driverless car. I think a car should be helping people, not replacing people, so we call this a highly autonomous car.”
If we look at this entire scenario in technical and intricate details, then it appears probable that the car would be able to be driven without any driver in certain circumstances. In his statement, it becomes quite evident that Yu was referring to the Google car which is claimed to be completely driverless and hence no need for any of the usual components including steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal. Software and sensors would be taking care of this. As for the Baidu project, the first prototypes will be presented in 2015 and the cars are most likely to come with steering wheels.