In the United States, most people think about Tesla when they think about electric cars. However, in China, BYD is the planet's biggest and best selling electric car maker. Based out of Shaanxi, the business has been making a variety of electric vehicles, including buses and vans, is now building their own self-driving cars.
BYD, which is backed by Warren Buffet, hopes to launch its first self-driving car within three years. Its chairman and president, Wang Chuanfu, said he wants to make the company's products more intelligent, like a "super mobile phone on wheels".
To meet that goal, BYD will work with Baidu, a Chinese tech company based in Beijing. Often referred to as the "Google of China", the internet giant commands around 70% of the country's web-based searches.
Baidu is also in the business of building self-driving vehicles – it has already delivered more than 100 Autonomous buses. Plus, it launched an open-source, autonomous vehicle platform named Apollo in 2017. BYD was one of 100 companies to partner on the project, and its Qin Pro electric car will serve as a test vehicle for the program.
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