Baidu, a Chinese tech giant recently announced entering partnerships to build self-driving vehicles. The software will be used in minibus and mass-market consumer vehicles. Baidu has been making huge investments in autonomous driving technology, competing with American companies like Waymo and Tesla.
Baidu also gave an update at CES on its Apollo self-driving software. Baidu also revealed the mass-market vehicles they will start producing in the coming year.
According to Jingao Want, Baidu's senior director of autonomous driving, Apollo 2.0 allows vehicles to drive autonomously in "simple urban conditions". Cars using this software can navigate intersections, change lanes, see obstacles up to 300 feet away, obey traffic rules, and identify traffic lights from up to 500 feet away with a recorded 99% accuracy.
Baidu also revealed partnerships with other Chinese auto companies to power a minibus and mass-market vehicles. King Long will begin production on their minibus in the coming year. JAC Motors and BAIC Motor will begin production on their consumer vehicles in 2019, with Chery set to begin production in 2020.