Baidu just announced the second version of its Apollo open-source autonomous driving platform at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) today in Las Vegas.

The Apollo program was launched as an open-source platform for other automakers to develop their self-driving systems and help accelerate the development self-driving technologies.

Baidu released the second version of Apollo soon after the launch of the platform last July— which yet again shows the Chinese search engine giant’s determination to speed up the development of autonomous driving technologies. “Apollo is an example of ‘China Speed’, demonstrating the rapid pace of China’s innovations and development in the global autonomous driving industry,” said Qi Lu, Group President and COO of Baidu, on stage at CES.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.