Baidu gets first area for driverless test
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.
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.