Baidu has announced that it will launch the Apollo Intelligent Vehicle Infrastructure Cooperative Systems (IVICS) open-source solution by the end of 2018, leveraging its capabilities in autonomous driving to bring together intelligent vehicles and infrastructure to form a “human-vehicle-roadway” interplay – an important step towards developing future intelligent transportation.
The new IVICS, supported by major technologies such as processing sensor fusion information for vehicle perception, roadside perception, data compression, communication optimization, and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) terminal software and hardware and V2X safety, will create a synergistic interaction of smart cars and “intelligent roadways”. Since 2016, Baidu has been a first mover in employing extensive research on IVICS, and has made significant progress in accumulating data from various test scenarios and miles driven. Now, Baidu will open up this system to complement the 120 core open AI capabilities of Baidu Brain and 126 partners from Apollo’s open autonomous driving platform, further underpinning Baidu’s key AI strategy of “open and empower”.
Apollo has been in use in different scenarios in areas such as Beijing and Silicon Valley, enabling autonomous driving features in passenger vehicles, minibuses and logistic vehicles, which lays a solid foundation for Baidu’s IVICS and future intelligent transportation. Building on Apollo’s open ecosystem, Baidu announced that it will collaborate with partners including China Unicom, Datang Telecom, and China Transinfo on the initiative. Through integrating resources from various sectors of telecommunications, chips, automobile manufacturing, transportation infrastructure construction, government and universities, Apollo will facilitate the development of IVICS.
A trial run of the system will be conducted in China’s pilot AI city – Xiong’an New Area. In addition, Baidu will partner with the College of Transportation Engineering at Tongji University to establish a joint laboratory and collaborate in the planning and design of autonomous driving networks and simulation of traffic systems.
Baidu’s advantages in high-definition mapping and telecommunications connectivity optimization allow the company to seamlessly bridge between vehicles and road infrastructure – a feature which Baidu will offer to its partners, Tao added.