Date: December 28, 2017
Category: Product Development
Baidu will present its latest autonomous driving software, called Apollo after the US space mission to the moon, in January at the CES trade show (earlier known as Consumer Electronic Show). Lu Qi, the chief operating officer of the company, will represent the company and highlight the ongoing developments in autonomous driving and conversational AI of Baidu.
The new 2.0 version will enable cars to maneuver itself on urban roads according to the company. The company also plans to reveal their new AI-enabled hardware powered by its “DuerOS” platform at the trade show. Blackberry’s operating system QNX will be used in the Apollo self-driving platform.
Autonomous driving and internet connected cars might be something everybody is striving for. This is quite difficult to achieve owing to the complexity and the unpredictability navigation in cities and the technologies which are required to achieve the aforesaid.
Baidu is targeting to build the “Android” – something to that can be used by everyone and simultaneously accelerates the speed of autonomous driving development. Lu Qi, the chief operating officer of Baidu, declared that auxiliary setups would be made in the USA and Singapore which will, in turn, propel the development of Apollo.
Baidu has now collaborated with over 50 partners viz. Microsoft, Nvidia, Intel, Blackberry, Ford Motor CO., Continental Automotive, Bosch, Hyundai Motor Group, Daimler, Microsoft Cloud, Velodyne LiDAR, NXP Semiconductors and many others, for the Apollo platform. This will make the DuerOS AI assistant and HD maps combine with QNX software. Blackberry’s QNX could become a game changer by becoming the key technology in the self-driven program.