Two of the biggest companies in the self-driving market are partnering up. Baidu and Intel recently declared they will begin to adopt Baidu's technology as well as Intel's Mobileye services into their own autonomous driving programs.
Under this agreement, Baidu will accept Mobileye's Responsibility Sensitivity Safety (RSS) model as both a part of their open source Project Apollo and commercial Apollo Pilot self-driving car development program. Baidu will also be using Mobileye's Surround Computer Vision Kit hardware suite in their self-driving car systems that will be marketed in China.
Reveal back in 2017, RSS was developed to infuse self-driving car with what Intel describes as "common sense human-centered concepts of what it means to drive safely," like always keeping a safe following distance and giving the right of way instead of taking it. The overall goal is to create a basic understanding of what safe driving is, and a series of protocols that self-driving systems can be compared to ensure everything is safe. Baidu and Mobileye will work alongside one another to adopt RSS into Chinese driving styles and road conditions.
As apart of the hardware, Baidu will begin to use Mobileye's Surround Computer Vision Kit. This kit includes 12 cameras placed around the vehicle, as well as Mobileye's designed computer software that'll scan and interpret images, giving the car an idea of what is surrounding it.
Typically known as a widely popular search engine, now Baidu is currently developing autonomous-driving tech in two main ways. Project Apollo is an open-source platform that Baidu claims are being up to 50 companies are helping to co-develop the software, including Ford and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler. Baidu is also working on their own proprietary system for commercial market use known as Apollo Pilot. Baidu is using the Apollo name for their autonomous car programs in reference to NASA's Apollo Moon missions. They believe creating self-driving cars is an equal technological challenge.
The Israel-based Mobileye focuses on creating cameras and the accompanying computer sight software for vehicle applications. They were purchased by Intel just last year for $15.3 billion and the two companies have been pushing for more self-driving tech platforms to market and sell to other businesses. Since the purchase, BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have both signed up to become development partners.
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