Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc. has stepped up efforts to develop autonomous cars, pitting the company against global technology heavyweights.
The company is investing heavily in patents and conducting field tests on artificial intelligence, which lies at the core of the development of driverless vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Artificial intelligence will continue to be an unceasing core for Baidu innovations,” Baidu chairman and chief executive Robin Li said on the sidelines of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on Thursday.
Baidu has applied for many patents in pursuit of the technology and “we will keep applying as the technology is still at an early stage”, Li was quoted as saying.
The company has a few autonomous cars undergoing tests, he said.
Internet-plus, a Chinese term referring to the application of the internet and information technology in conventional industries, will aid China’s economic recovery and growth, Li added.
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