Baidu’s Apollo showcases ‘fully automated driving’ in Beijing

Baidu’s Apollo showcases ‘fully automated driving’ in Beijing

During a livestream from Baidu World 2020 the company demonstrated experienced AI driver technology without a safety driver but with a 5G remote driving service.
Baidu, Inc. took the opportunity of Baidu World 2020, the company’s annual technology conference held in cooperation with broadcaster CCTV, to demonstrate its latest Apollo developments. That included a new fully automated driving technology, in which the company’s AI (artificial intelligence) system can drive itself without a safety driver inside the vehicle.

It expects the breakthrough will help accelerate the large-scale deployment of autonomous driving technology across China. Zhenyu Li, Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of the Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), demonstrated the technology in Beijing’s Shougang Park with CCTV anchor Xiaofeng Bao.

“The three core components of Apollo’s fully automated driving technology are pre-installed and mass-produced vehicles, the ‘experienced AI driver,’ and the 5G remote driving service,” said Zhenyu Li during the demonstration. With each new generation of Apollo vehicles, the cost will be halved while performance will increase by tenfold, he added.

The pre-installed and mass-produced vehicle (in other words, non-retro-fitted) portion of the strategy is the foundation, with the AI driving system is now capable of operating vehicles independently but the 5G remote driving service allows for remote human operators to intervene in case of emergencies.

In 2019, Baidu partnered with FAW Group to jointly develop the Hongqi EV robotaxi, said to be the first pre-installed and mass-produced robotaxi in China.
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