Baidu introduced the latest iteration of Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform, Apollo 3.5 at CES 2019. The platform has grown into one of the largest autonomous driving ecosystems in the world, bringing together over 130 global partners and used by over 12,000 developers and partners worldwide.
The company also open sourced its V2X solutions and introduced Apollo Enterprise, a new commercial brand for a suite of customizable intelligent driving products and solutions for mass production vehicles.
Apollo 3.5 can now perform in complex urban and suburban driving scenarios. The new release unlocks the tools developers need to create reliable self-driving mobility solutions such as robo-taxis and autonomous delivery services. udelv, a California-based autonomous delivery van company, is one example of companies leveraging Apollo 3.5 to develop its own autonomous driving solutions.
The latest Apollo update includes new driving capabilities, such as the ability to manage unprotected turns, speed bumps, clear zones, side passes, narrow lanes, and autonomous parking.
The Apollo Cyber RT framework has also been revealed the industry’s first open source autonomous driving framework compatible with the development of production-grade autonomous driving systems.
Apollo 3.5 is also compatible with the advanced suite of sensors currently available on the market, such as Velodyne VLS-128 LiDAR.
Open Source V2X and Robo-taxis
Baidu has also open sourced its V2X solutions. Apollo V2X terminal software and reference hardware will create synergetic interactions between smart cars and intelligent roadways to improve safety and mitigate traffic congestion. Under this system autonomous vehicles will be able to better communicate with traffic lights.
The company announced that in 2019, 100 robo-taxis will operate on 130 miles of city roads equipped with its V2X technology in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province in the south-central part of China.
Baidu Apollo Enterprise
Baidu Apollo Enterprise is a suite of intelligent driving products and solutions for mass production vehicles. It is scalable, safe, and highly customizable based on enterprise customer needs. Apollo Enterprise solutions support vehicle and information safety and can be upgraded via OTA (Over-the-Air Programing).
Apollo Enterprise solutions are fast to implement and customizable based on customer needs, while also providing comprehensive support for vehicle and information safety.
Enterprise clients will also receive dedicated service from Baidu support teams. The five main Apollo Enterprise products and solutions are: 1)Highway autonomous driving solutions; 2) Autonomous valet parking solutions; 3) Fully autonomous driving minibus solutions; 4)Intelligent map data service platform, with options for commercial, ADAS, and high-definition maps; 5)DuerOS for Apollo, a set of AI-based IoV solutions, with voice assistant, augmented reality, and motion detection capabilities. Baidu is collaborating with global and national auto brands to deploy these solutions in production vehicles, including Ford, Chery, BYD, Kyundai Kia, Great Wall, and WM Motor.
Source: Press Release