Baidu gets first area for driver­less test

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese internet gi­ant Baidu Inc is set to gain a big ad­van­tage in its race with US tech lead­ers in the driver­less ve­hi­cle sec­tor af­ter a lo­cal gov­ern­ment in An­hui prov­ince gave the green light to the set­ting up of a cen­ter to test the ve­hi­cles.

Baidu signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Wuhu mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment to jointly build a trial op­er­a­tion zone for fully au­ton­o­mous driv­ing ve­hi­cles.

In the test pe­riod, for-sub­sti­tute hu­man driv­ers will still be needed, while they will not op­er­ate the ve­hi­cles un­less tech­ni­cal break­down is re­ported.

Two mod­els of elec­tric cars de­vel­oped jointly by Baidu and Ch­ery will be ready for road tests soon.

Baidu an­nounced in April that it will choose 10 cities across the coun­try to try out driver­less cars this year. The com­pany aims to com­mer­cial­ize the driver­less tech­nol­ogy in three years and to achieve mass pro­duc­tion of the cars in five years.

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Bal­let dancers per­form on a glass walk­way at the Shini­uzhai Na­tional Geop­ark in Pingjiang county, Hu­nan prov­ince, on Mon­day. The 180-me­ter-long (590 feet) path­way runs along a cliff 300 me­ters (984 feet) above ground. Com­po­nents play 70 dif­fer­ent songs when peo­ple step on the glass floor.

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