Baidu to produce autonomous buses for Japan!

Baidu to produce autonomous buses for Japan!

Chinese internet giant Baidu has announced a new partnership with SB Drive, a subsidiary of Japan's SoftBank. For SB Drive Under this, Baidu will produce 10 of its self-driving Apolong buses which it intends to deliver to Japan by early 2019 itself. In Baidu Create 2018, the company's annual AI developer conference in Beijing the announcement was made. The Apolong bus sports Level 4 autonomy, which means it is "fully autonomous" but can't handle every possible driving scenario. The 14-passenger mini-bus uses Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving system, which, in the past, has been the basis for Baidu's partnerships with Ford, Honda, and other automobile companies. In its plant in Southern China so far, Baidu has produced 100 Apolong buses. At the developer conference, Baidu also unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) chip called "Kunlun" to run intensive computing in autonomous driving and a range of other areas like data centers, natural language processing, and search rankings. The AI chip will rival the efforts of both local and global tech giants including networking company Huawei Technologies. Public transportation is better for the environment and autonomous vehicles are predicted to be much safer than human drivers. Thus, self-driving buses could be the way to usher in an era of safer and environment-friendly transportation.

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