Published: September 01, 2016
In a recent expansion plan, auto giant Baidu has announced its decision to partner with chip maker Nvidia, which is going to focus on using artificial intelligence to develop a computing platform for self-driving cars.
Announced recently by Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the Baidu World Conference, the partnership between the two companies is going to witness a huge potential in the domain of artificial intelligence being used by the cars being launched these days.
Earlier this week, Baidu has also received approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicle to start testing its autonomous vehicles on the public roads of state.
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO, Nvidia
We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car.
Although this is a move by Baidu to start production and commercialisation of self-driving cars in China, the merger between the two companies is an open platform, which is going to encourage other automakers to step forward and invest in this initiative.
Being a top player in the market, Baidu also has considerable expertise in data mapping and artificial intelligence—both of which are used to develop self-driving car software. The company has also made a number of investments related to self-driving cars, including a $75 million injection of capital into Velodyne LiDAR, the leading supplier of technology that lets self-driving cars see and avoid what’s around them.
The end goal is a platform that allows Baidu to get a self-driving taxi fleet on the road, and the same platform is also designed for use in OEM cars, tied into the same network.