Chinese Google Baidu will be testing its self-driving cars on G0Mentum Station, in Concord. The Station is a former military facility, a naval weapons depot to be precise. The 20 miles of road of the facility can be used to simulate a rural highway as well as a city grid. The site was earlier used by the companies like Honda, Otta, EasyMile etc to test their self-driving cars.
Baidu which is working on a Project Apollo and has launched its self-driving car technology for the restricted environment in July it will be gradually introducing fully autonomous driving capabilities on highways and open city roads by 2020.
Last month it was joined by more than 50 partners have forming one of the largest and most diverse autonomous driving ecosystems.
Members of the Apollo alliance includes:
- Vehicle manufacturers, such as Chery Automobile, FAW Group Corporation, Changan Automobile Group, and Great Wall Motors
- Tier 1 suppliers, including Bosch, Continental Automotive, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and Desay SV Automotive, among others;
- Key components providers, such as NVIDIA, Microsoft Cloud, ZTE, Velodyne, and TomTom;
- Startups, including AutonomouStuff and Horizon Robotics; and ridesharing companies, such as UCAR and Grab Taxi.
- Five top universities and six local governments