Baidu Provides Its Self-Driving Platform Free To Automotive Industry

Posted: Apr 19 2017, 4:51am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Baidu Provides its Self-Driving Platform Free to Automotive Industry
  • Baidu Announces Project Apollo, Opening Up its Autonomous Driving Platform

Baidu is lending its self-driving vehicle platform named Apollo to its partners in the project.

Baidu has announced a novel project bearing the title Apollo for its partners. It will provide an accessible, thorough and trustworthy software platform for the self-driving vehicle industry. There are many who have a stake in this field of endeavor.

They will all be cooperating with Baidu in the manufacturing of self-driving cars whether it is in reference to software or hardware. Baidu is looking forward to opening its virile, seasoned and stable technology to the rest of the industry heavyweights.

Via this methodology, Baidu plans on constructing an ecosystem of give and take. Also the big firm wants to use its abilities in AI technology in collaboration with other companies to deliver a solid dose of verve to the self-driving industry.

AI is the best means of spearheading social development. It is especially applicable in the field of intelligent cars that can navigate pathways on their own.

Such driverless vehicles will be the wave of the future. The title Apollo for this project was actually taken from the Apollo lunar landing. That project too brought various forces together for the benefit of society.

Baidu is positive that this unique economic niche will revolutionize the ways of the world. Among some of the sub-platforms available on the Apollo project are the vehicular, hardware, software and cloud data services.

Also source code and capacities in obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicular stability and vehicular operational systems are somewhere in the pipeline.

Other functions include a set of testing implements which will prove useful. A full scale partnership alliance will be enacted by the conglomerate. The partners of Baidu will be providing the best in vehicles, sensors and various odds and ends of equipment.

Baidu will be allowing its self-driving vehicles to go for test runs in a limited and safe environment from July of this year. The vehicles will be able to come on roads and streets by the time 2020 arrives in its full glory.

Baidu has invested lots of money in the R&D department. It has also received permits for taking its self-driving vehicles for test-runs in restricted areas.

While Baidu is the first to go into driverless cars, there are a few other giants in the field as well. China is the biggest market for such cars since it is known for its #1 rank on a worldwide level in matters having to do with technology and infrastructure.

Baidu will be eagerly awaiting the demand in the market for its self-driving cars since this would be a clear signal to start churning out these fine steel and glass automobiles on a regular basis.

Qi Lu, Group President and Chief Operating Officer at Baidu, said, "China is the world's largest market for automotive sales and production. It has many car brands and an open environment that is ripe for collaboration. Baidu took the initiative to open our autonomous driving technology to the industry in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry. An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the US and other developed automotive markets. In addition, through open technology our technological achievements can be quickly applied to a wide range of fields -- and accelerate even more achievements. This is a great opportunity for those talent dedicated in autonomous driving."

Anning Chen, General Manager of Chery, a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, said, "Autonomous driving technology research and development has a very high threshold. Baidu's opening of its platform is of great significance to the automotive industry and Chery welcomes this move."

He also said that "cooperation between car brands and internet technology companies in autonomous driving would gradually generate greater innovations and benefit both sides with more data and technology sharing, and such collaborations also enable automakers to establish their own competitive advantage in intelligent driving."

"Our partnership with Baidu in areas of autonomous driving has entered a stage of in-depth customization," Chen said.

William Li, Founder and Chairman of NextEV, said that "Baidu is very strong in autonomous driving and its expertise in artificial intelligence, data, maps and other software is very important for the industry. This coupled with an open platform and reduced hardware costs means autonomous driving may become popular faster than we can imagine.

"In the future, the value chain of the automotive industry will be changed and personalized experiences will be the basis for car brands and the future direction of their development."

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