Baidu developing ‘semi’ self-driving automobile
Chinese search engine leader Baidu Inc is following Internet giant Google with developing its own version of a self-driving car.
Compared with Google’s innovation, which requires no driver at all and has no steering wheel or pedals, Baidu’s car will be “highly autonomous”, serving mainly as an aid to drivers.
Yu Kai, deputy director of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning, said that Baidu’s car is “semi-selfdriving” and is more like a “horse” that would guide itself unless the driver wanted to take over.
He said the car can automatically drive itself as soon as a destination is entered into the navigation system. Sensors will upload traffic conditions, and using big data technology, the car will make its own decisions about such things as direction and driving speed. A prototype is expected next year. (Photo 3)