Live from CES Asia 2017 – An inside look at Baidu autonomous vehicles

Baidu GM of Intelligent Vehicles Division Gu Weihao speaking at CES Asia (Image credit: TechNode) Baidu’s GM of Intelligent Vehicles Gu Weihao started his keynote session for CES Asia by asking the question: When will autonomous driving be able to surpass human ability? He cited a report from think tank RAND that calculated self-driving vehicles would have to clock 275 million failure-free…

Baidu’s autonomous cars have to be taken over by humans every 41 miles

Baidu and other autonomous driving technology developers testing vehicles on public roads in California have had to release more details as to why their cars “disengaged” from autonomous control.  A disengagement is when the human driver testing the car has to take over from the automated system or when the system itself simply fails. The consumer rights organization Consumer Watchdog has…

Founder of autonomous car startup JingChi steps down amid Baidu suit

Wang Jing, founder and CEO of JingChi, has left his position in the company. JingChi defines itself as a mobility company powered by artificial intelligence. The company is currently being sued by Baidu for RMB 50 million over claims of autonomous driving trade secret theft. Baidu claims that Wang is using Baidu’s self-driving commercial secrets to compete against them. The company is saying…

Baidu signs strategic partnership agreements to accelerate autonomous driving

Chinese tech giant Baidu announced signing strategic cooperation agreements with two of China’s leading automotive companies, BAIC Group and Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd. (“King Long”). Baidu and BAIC Group, one of the largest automakers in China, will mass-produce vehicles with Level 3 autonomous features around 2019 and fully autonomous Level 4 cars around 2021. Baidu…

Baidu announces RMB 10 billion yuan fund for autonomous driving and launches Apollo 1.5

Baidu’s self-driving vehicle platform Apollo, known as the “Android of the auto industry” for its open source code has gotten its first update. The platform— designed to speed up speeding up self-driving development and boost cooperation between automotive and internet companies—was announced in July at Baidu’s inaugural AI Developers Conference in Beijing where TechNode got its first taste of…

Microsoft joins Baidu’s “Android for autonomous driving”

Shortly after revealing a partnership with Baidu's Apollo Project, Microsoft announced Tuesday further details of the tie-up. The US internet behemoth will provide cloud infrastructure services via Azure to Apollo’s partners outside of China. As part of the partnership, Baidu and Microsoft plan to explore opportunities to deliver connected vehicle solutions and unique customer experiences that…

Baidu launches their open platform for autonomous cars–and we got to test it

Baidu has launched an autonomous driving ecosystem with 50 partners at its first AI developers conference in Beijing. At its heart is the US-developed code for controlling the vehicles, but the scope of Apollo 1.0 is to create an entire ecosystem encompassing research universities, components makers such as NVIDIA, navigation developers such as TomTom, and car manufacturers including Ford,…

Baidu rumored to invest in electric car startup solidifying autonomous car strategy

Chinese internet giant Baidu reportedly plans to invest US$ 100 million in the country's electric car maker NextEV (in Chinese), in a renewed drive to boost its faltering autonomous driving business. The details of the deal have not been made public; TechNode has reached to Baidu for confirmation, but the company declined to comment. The alliance between Baidu and the electric car startup is…

Baidu And Nvidia Are Teaming Up On Autonomous Cars

Baidu is hoping to take its autonomous car project to the next level through a partnership with high performance chip maker Nvidia. Baidu CEO Robin Li and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke together on stage at a Baidu event in Beijing last week. According to a blog post by NVIDIA, Baidu will contribute their cloud platform and mapping technology while NVIDIA will offer their self-driving computing…

Baidu, Ford Invest $150M In Detection Tech For Autonomous Cars

As tech giants like Baidu and Google refine the technology to make fully autonomous cars feasible, one important barrier still stands between research and mass production: affordability. On Tuesday, Baidu and Ford announced a $150 million USD joint investment in Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based company that develops laser-based LiDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, and Ranging) sensors,…