Date
17 October 2017
An experimental driverless car being developed by Google. Chinese search giant Baidu is also trying to develop its own technology for autopilot vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg
An experimental driverless car being developed by Google. Chinese search giant Baidu is also trying to develop its own technology for autopilot vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg

Baidu revs up plans for driverless car technology

Baidu Inc. has confirmed it is developing an unmanned system technology for autopilot vehicles, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Monday, citing remarks by a senior executive during an interview with the state-backed China National Radio.

According to cnr.cn, a website controlled by China National Radio, the autopilot technology will include radars, cameras, global positioning system (GPS) and other electronic equipment with synchronized sensors. Using the technology, the vehicle can automatically navigate to a destination that has been programmed into the system.

During auto-driving, the sensing device will upload traffic information to the system, which will analyze in real time large amounts of data on the position of the vehicle and determine its direction and speed, the report said.

The country’s leading search engine is also conducting research on the integration of the internet of things for products related to vehicles, Zhang Liyuan, Baidu head of public relations, was quoted as saying.

The research will cover big data, music, voice and image recognition, traffic data and navigation, with a view to supplying the products to makers of cars and parts, the report said.

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