Based on Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo, the seven autonomous driving vehicles launched on September 28 are designed to fulfill various tasks in urban city maintenance, such as swiping and washing the ground, collecting and transporting garbages, etc.
In addition, the cars are tailored to the tasks in different public spaces in shopping malls, industrial parks, pedestrian roads, and communities. The products are powered by various technologies including computer vision, precise positioning and cloud computing to increase cleaning efficiencies and lower labor work, according to the company.
Since launching the Apollo project in April 2017, Baidu has been ramping up partnerships in China and abroad. Apollo has attracted over 70 partners, including Hyundai Motor, ROS, esd electronics, Neousys Technology, and autonomous driving startups such as Momenta and iDriver+ Technologies. Baidu is also working with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor manufacturer Velodyne and education platform Udacity which offer courses and competitions in autonomous technology.