Baidu recently showcased the latest updates and major milestones of its intelligent driving efforts at Baidu Create AI developer conference.
Partnership with Geely
The company announced its partnership with Geely in intelligent vehicle solutions. They also gave a live demonstration of integrated applications of vehicle-to-home technologies. Under the new partnership, Geely cars, beginning with the Geely Boyue Pro, will be equipped with the GKUI19 connected vehicle solution powered by Baidu’s DuerOS for Apollo.
438 new autonomous driving patents
Baidu revealed that its fleet of 300 L4 autonomous vehicles across 13 cities had recently surpassed a milestone 2 million kilometer mark for distance driven in urban road environments. The company has been awarded 438 new autonomous driving patents. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport allocated its entire first batch of five T4 autonomous driving test permits on July 1 to Baidu. The T4 license is an open-road test license, signifying that an autonomous vehicle possesses the ability to drive on complex urban roads, tunnels and school zones and respond to a range of complicated scenarios.
Apollo Go Robotaxi
Apollo Go, Baidu’s Apollo robotaxi project, is slated to be launched as part of the Hunan capital’s smart city upgrade. Under the program, a 5G network and an intelligent upgrade of roadway infrastructure will be deployed to lay the groundwork for what will be the country’s largest L4 self-driving taxi fleet.
Baidu also announced the release of Apollo 5.0, which includes upgrades to both Apollo Open Platform and Apollo Enterprise. The Apollo Open Platform has upgraded 17 core capabilities and makes its data pipeline accessible to developers, empowering them with six data capabilities, including intelligent data collection, open synthetic dataset, large-scale cloud training, custom simulation validator, open data application set and seamless compatibility with the Apollo Open Source Platform. Now developers can complete dynamic calibration for a vehicle in just 30 minutes via the cloud at a rate of 100 vehicles per week.
The Apollo Enterprise upgrade includes new production solutions for self-driving taxis and intelligent signal control as well as the bolstering of three core capabilities in autonomous minibuses, valet parking and DuerOS for Apollo.
Built on Baidu’s advantages in its proprietary integrated solutions as well as HD maps, the production-ready autonomous parking solution ‘Valet Parking’ is positioned to deliver an incredibly cost-effective method for transforming traditional parking facilities into smart infrastructure.
Baidu’s Apollo intelligent transportation solutions have also been deployed in cities, with the company’s intelligent transportation information control system already helping to reduce traffic delays by 20-30% in Baoding, Hebei province. Moving forward, Baidu will invest in driving transformation in intelligent transportation by further improving system control efficiency across all facets of mobility.
The Apolong mini-bus
Baidu’s Apollo has a robust ecosystem of 156 partners including leading carmakers Geely, Chery, Great Wall, and Ford, with more than 60 auto brands powered by Baidu’s capabilities in connected vehicles and over 300 vehicle models on the market to date. The Apolong mini-bus, which Baidu unveiled one year ago, also got an upgrade – an Apolong full-size bus and an expansion of operations from enclosed parks to open roads. Apollo’s Minibus solutions have reached agreements with multiple automobile companies and autonomous shuttle buses have begun operation at automaker JMC’s campus in Nanchang, Jiangxi province.
Safety First for Automated Driving
Baidu also launched an initiative with ten of its partners, including BMW, Audi, and Daimler, to publish “Safety First for Automated Driving” (or SaFAD), a non-binding organized framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles. For the first time, SaFAD offers automated vehicle developers and operators a system for clear traceability that proves AVs to be “safer than the average driver” through components such as cameras or steering systems.
Source: Press Release