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Baidu launches Apollo, opens self-drive platform

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By People’s Daily

Baidu Inc announced a new project-Apollo-to open up its autonomous driving platform to its partners, a move to promote the development of self-driving technology.

It plans to introduce fully autonomous driving capacities on highways and urban roads by 2020, the company said.

Baidu Inc announced a new project-Apollo-to open up its autonomous driving platform to its partners, a move to promote the development of self-driving technology. (People's Daily / MANILA BULLETIN)

Baidu Inc announced a new project-Apollo-to open up its autonomous driving platform to its partners, a move to promote the development of self-driving technology.
(People’s Daily / MANILA BULLETIN)

By opening up the platform, the company aims to build a collaborative ecosystem, utilizing its strengths in artificial intelligence technology to work together with other companies to accelerate the popularization of autonomous driving technology.

It said the Apollo project will provide a complete hardware and software service solution, which includes a vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud data services.

Baidu will also open the source code and capabilities in the fields of obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, vehicle operating systems, and provide a complete set of testing tools.

“AI has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles,” said Lu Qi, Baidu’s president and chief operating officer.

Baidu Inc announced a new project-Apollo-to open up its autonomous driving platformto its partners, a move to promote the development of self-driving technology.

It plans to introduce fully autonomous driving capacities on highways and urban roads by 2020, the company said.

By opening up the platform, the company aims to build a collaborative ecosystem, utilizingits strengths in artificial intelligence technology to work together with other companies toaccelerate the popularization of autonomous driving technology.

It said the Apollo project will provide a complete hardware and software service solution, which includes a vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud dataservices.

Baidu will also open the source code and capabilities in the fields of obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, vehicle operating systems, and provide a complete setof testing tools.

“AI has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities isintelligent vehicles,” said Lu Qi, Baidu’s president and chief operating officer.

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