This week, the Chinese government approved all the necessary documents allowing the Chinese search giant Baidu to begin testing autonomous vehicles in the vicinity of Beijing, – Reuters writes. China intends to compete with other countries in which actively test and implement unmanned vehicle management systems, so the government of the Middle Kingdom actively supports the development of such technologies.
The platform for autonomous driving from Baidu is called Apollo 2.0. Now cars equipped with it, are able to independently move around the main city routes day and night. The technology of autonomous driving continues to improve. The developers report that they will continue to “polish” it until the end of 2018. Help in the finalization can real data that autopilots will collect as a result of their autonomous trips on 33 suburban sections of the roads of Beijing, the total length of which is up to 80 kilometers.
Baidu is going to apply Apollo 2.0 and in public transport. A little later, the company will launch buses on this platform as soon as the software is properly adapted. The first bus developers hope to launch next year, and mass production is planned to begin by 2020.
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