Baidu announced Thursday that it has launched a pilot robotaxi service in Shenzhen, offering free rides to the public in the city’s downtown Nanshan District. Riders can use its autonomous ride-hailing app “Luobo Kuaipao” to hail a cab at approximately 50 stations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The company plans to increase the number of pickup and drop-off locations to 300 by the end of this year. The Chinese search engine giant is now trialing its self-driving taxi service in seven domestic cities with its testing fleet logging 21 million kilometers (13 million miles) since its inception. [Baidu release]
Autra, a new self-driving truck startup founded by former veterans at Pony.ai, has reportedly raised RMB 200 million ($31.4 million) in a funding round from prominent investors including search engine giant Baidu, electric vehicle maker Xpeng Motors, and logistics firm SF Express. The investment pushes the company’s valuation to more than RMB 1 billion, 36Kr reported Wednesday citing sources familiar with the matter. Beijing-based Autra was co-founded in July by Sun Haowen, an ex-senior director at Pony.ai, and Ding Fei, another former executive at the self-driving unicorn who has also worked with IDG Capital. [36Kr, in Chinese]
Baidu CEO Robin Li said in 2017 that the company would seek to spin off its self-driving unit when it is mature enough.
The nearly 150-page document covers 12 areas including cybersecurity, driver-vehicle handovers, data recording, and component failures.
The search engine giant plans to deploy a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles in Changsha by 2019.
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 miles to demonstrate that it meets the safety standards […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]