Chinese Google Baidu has increased its efforts for the development of autonomous car platform under its Project Apollo.
The self-driving cars from being tested in a controlled environment at test tracks have found their way to some public roads but the experts feel that it will take still around a decade for wide-scale adoption of these cars.
Although a late entrant in the race to build autonomous cars, the company is making efforts to get ahead of all the companies already engaged in the development of self-driving cars and is planning to launch its technology as early as possible.
The reports suggest that Baidu has plans to freely share its technology with the world and it will be using machine learning to fast track the maturity of the Project. If things go according to plans we might see self-driving cars by the company on roads by the next year itself and a wide-scale international rollout by 2020.
Baidu has designed the project Apollo around modular hardware so it can easily be adopted by any manufacturer. Baidu aims to commercialize its hardware and software for the self-driving cars and moving in this direction it has already struck deals with many automakers around the world.
To combat the threat of hacking of its cars, the company has been also organizing hackathons so that the vulnerabilities in its design can be done be done away with. It is also running its mapping cars across China in order to study driver behavior and collect data that can be used in Project Apollo. It also showcased its self-driving car at CES Asia 2017.