Chinese Internet firm Baidu has stated that it would launch its autonomous driving technology for the controlled environment in July 2017. In the later phase, the company will introduce fully self-driving capabilities on highways and city roads by 2020.
The project is named as Apollo. The Chinese search giant stated that it would also work with partners providing vehicles, sensors and other components for the new technology.
To further develop the Artificial Intelligence (AI). In January, Baidu appointed former Microsoft Corp Executive Qi Lu as chief operating officer.
The company also released a 200 million dollar fund in October to focus to focus on AI, AR and deep learning. It was followed by a 3 billion dollar fund aimed at mid and late-stage startups.
In November 2016, Baidu and German automaker BMW stated that they would end their partnership to research on self-driving cars. The reason for this is because of differences in opinion.
Technology and automotive firms believe that the future cars will be capable of driving on their own. The autonomous driving technology will revolutionise the transport industry with several automobile companies investing heavily in the technology.