Baidu ‘self-driv­ing’ cars to hit roads in 3 years

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

On­line search gi­ant Baidu Inc said that it has set up a new busi­ness unit to spear­head its au­to­mo­bile ef­forts and plans to put self-driv­ing cars on the road in the next three years.

The Beijing-based com­pany, which suc­cess­fully com­pleted the test drive of its self-driven car on var­i­ous roads last week, said it in­tends to mass-pro­duce the ve­hi­cles within five years.

Baidu

is

not

the

only com­pany bet­ting on the fu­ture of self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy and In­ter­net-en­abled cars. Tech gi­ants like Google Inc and Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co have al­ready made their pres­ence felt in the sec­tor with au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nolo­gies.

In China, Baidu’s In­ter­net ri­val Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd and Leshi In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Co are also mov­ing into car-re­lated busi­nesses by team­ing up with au­to­mo­bile makers.

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