Baidu, a Chinese technology company, recently made a few new declarations about Apollo, their open source self-driving car technology platform. First is the start of Apollo Enterprise for cars that will see mass production. Baidu says Apollo is in use with 130 different companies all over the world. WM Motors, a Chinese electric car company, is one of Apollo's newest partners and expects to launch their level 3 autonomous car by 2021.
Apollo Enterprise’s main product lines will include solutions for highway autonomous driving; autonomous valet parking; fully autonomous mini-buses; an intelligent map data service platform; and DuerOS (Baidu’s voice assistant) for cars.
Baidu also released Apollo 3.5, the latest version of its platform, which now supports “complex urban and suburban driving environments.” Apollo 3.5 is already used by customers, including Udelv, an autonomous delivery van startup that recently partnered with Walmart to test grocery deliveries. Baidu says up to 100 self-driving vehicles based on Apollo 3.5 will be deployed in the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions in the United States.
In China, Baidu plans to launch 100 robo-taxis that will cover 130 miles of city roads in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province.
Read more here
Join us in Bangkok the 19th to the 21st of March for the Property Portal Watch Conference.