Baidu CEO Robin Li has said he plans to introduce self-driving buses to China by 2019.

 
Source: Wikimedia

The Chinese search engine boss made the announcement during an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference this week.

Li said the company has partnered with Chinese car maker BAIC Motor Corp, and plans to start mass-producing autonomous vehicles that allow for some human intervention as early as 2019.

They then hope to release fully autonomous vehicles in 2021.

Li said the self-driving buses would run on designated routes and use Apollo software, an open-source technology developed in collaboration with American tech company NVIDIA.

Baidu is investing heavily in artificial intelligence, not only when it comes to self-driving cars, but also for its search engines.

"Baidu is a technology company at its core," said Li. "We've entered a new age. We need to figure out what's next."

Let’s just hope huge traffic accidents caused by rouge robot buses aren’t next.

Source:China Wire

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bilalrouf
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its good step as google already introduced. but not commercially

Oct 20, 2017 21:57 Report Abuse

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LastTargarean
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Inferior tech company partners with inferior local auto company and international video game graphics card tech to bring self driving buses to the most overcrowded place on Earth with some of the most selfish drivers/bikers...nothing could possiblie go wrong! Hmm. That's the first thing to ever go wrong.

Oct 23, 2017 17:11 Report Abuse