Baidu wants a shift in how we think about self-driving cars

A search engine giant is about to bring self-driving cars to the United States. The twist: it isn’t Google.Baidu, sometimes called the “Google of China,” says it wants to test self-driving cars in the US. The company hopes to have vehicles autonomously transporting passengers in 2018.Baidu’s secret weapon in the race for autonomous vehicles is chief scientist Andrew Ng. Mr. Ng has previously made significant contributions to artificial intelligence at Stanford University and Google. But now Ng is focusing less on the tech and more on how people, and policies, look at cars.“Because computers see and understand the world differently, they will drive differently than people. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making tremendous strides, but for the near future, we should not expect computers to drive in the same way as…


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