Baidu's Apollo platform becomes the 'Android of the autonomous driving industry'

Baidu's Apollo platform becomes the 'Android of the autonomous driving industry'

Baidu today shared that "more than 50 partners" have joined the Apollo autonomous driving project.

Netizens also spotted in the clip that the Baidu auto violated traffic regulations by cutting lanes and that the vehicle had a license plate registered in another province, which was banned from the roads on Wednesday as part of the city's traffic control measures.

"Apollo is an important milestone for the automotive industry", says Lu.

Baidu (BIDU) dreams of creating an Android-like platform for autonomous driving.

Baidu said at a briefing in Beijing it is partnering with five Chinese vehicle manufacturers, including Chery Automobile [CHERY.UL], BAIC Motor, FAW Group Corp [SASACJ.UL], Chongqing Changan Automobile and Great Wall Motor. Apollo is not exclusively Baidu's. Nio hoped to put its first self-driving cars on U.S. roads in 2020. It belongs to everyone in the ecosystem. It is expected to support all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle, including cloud services and an open software stack, reference hardware and vehicle platforms, and tools to support various functions such as obstacle perception, trajectory planning, and vehicle control.

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Baidu has said its goal is to get self-driving vehicles on the road in China, possibly by 2019, and eventually in other markets, including the United States.

The company said the person behind the steering wheel was "driving"-monitoring the vehicle without touching it.

The search engine provider is leading the field in the development of self-driving cars in China.

Under the agreement, the four companies would develop a product to extract data collected by Bosch's radar and video sensors used in vehicles, to generate and update maps.

To demonstrate what the platform can do, US autonomous system supplier startup AutonomouStuff showed off two cars they turned into self-driving models using Apollo's 1.0 software release in just three days. The team is part of Baidu Autonomous Driving Unit that operates in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.