Baidu recently completed road tests on the revamped BMW 3 series autonomous car.
BMW and Baidu have joined hands. The search giant and the auto maker are working on an autonomous car. Baidu and BMW will be competing with the best and brightest of Silicon Valley with their autonomous car.
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The joint project is working to produce a self-driving car for the Chinese market. According to Baidu they have completed the first successful tests of its driverless car. The tests were conducted on the streets of Beijing.
The autonomous car is actually a revamped BMW 3 Series. Baidu has used the car to include a complex set of driving instructions. The instructions allow the vehicle to respond to its surroundings.
Wang Jing is the SVP of Baidu. Jing is also the General Manager of Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Business Unit. According to Jing fully autonomous driving under mixed road conditions is universally challenging.
Their autonomous car was tested on the roads of Beijing due to its complex driving conditions. Driving in Beijing can be complex due to road conditions and unpredictable driver behaviour.
Andrew Ng is Baidu’s chief scientist on the autonomous car. Andrew Ng described an incident where the car itself automatically hit the brakes saving the car from collision. Ng further stated if a human driver had been driving then the collision would have occurred.
The BMW 3 series has been equipped with Baidu’s AutoBrain software, according to BMWBlog. It makes use of the highly automated driving maps, positioning, detection, and smart decision.
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Baidu carried out tests on its autonomous car over 18.6 miles route. The autonomous car drove through side streets, switching lanes, and overtaking other regular cars. The car even went as high as 62mph. Baidu or BMW has not announced any launch date as of yet.