The world took a step closer to the realization of automated vehicles with a union of two of the world’s biggest players – Baidu and BMW. The news makes sense as China’s search giant Baidu has been mapping the country much as Google has been mapping pretty much everywhere else in the world. Baidu’s efforts will supplement BMW’s automated navigation technology with the aim to help make driverless car rides a reality one day.
According to Baidu the next step in development will involve what the company calls ‘Highly Autonomous Driving’ or HAD. This means that ultimately there is still a human involved in the driving process, but certain functions such as highway cruising and parking can be fully automated.
We have seen BMW show off their automated driving technology before, but this new partnership will help its development specifically in China and involves shared R&D resources. The out come is not necessarily to develop a BMW/Baidu branded car, but does underline the influence of Baidu as a company with big ambitions that is willing to use its data to develop artificial intelligence systems.
“This is actually an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally, we don’t call this a driverless car.” – stated Kai Yu of Baidu’s Deep Institute of Learning.
News Source: Tech in Asia