BMW and Baidu, the Chinese search engine giant is trying to beat Google to the finish line by launching a self driving car this year!
Baidu has been working on self driving cars for a few years now and in 2014, it announced a partnership with BMW, the German carmaker.
The partnership seems to be very effective as the company's Senior Vice President, Wang Jin announced that both the companies will launch the first self driving car by the end of this year.
Jin says that the prototype vehicle would be used to test the autonomous technology of Baidu, although a driver will be present, during the China Cloud Computing Services Summit.
Although Baidu's goals are becoming a reality quickly, the company's dream seems be a little smaller than Google, since the American company wants to launch the car without any driver presence.
The Guardian says that Baidu has enough research efforts that rival Google, and has the technology needed for computer "vision," and the robotics and brains required to make an autonomous vehicle.
Last year, Baidu also invested USD 10 million into IndoorAtlas, a Finnish mapping company for data-mapping service.