Baidu hits the road with autonomous car

Baidu, China’s top search engine company, said last year that it had started working on driverless car technology – and today we got to see for the first time what it’s building as Baidu’s autonomous car hit the streets. The car is a modified BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo that Baidu is now testing on public roads, using a 30-kilometer test drive route that begins and loops back to Baidu’s Beijing HQ. It includes one of the Chinese capital’s notoriously busy ring roads. The route was mapped out by “highly automated driving (HAD) maps” in readiness for the tests. “The car demonstrated full autonomy on the entirety of the route and successfully executed driving actions including making right turns, left turns and U-turns, decelerating when detecting vehicles ahead, changing lanes,…


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