Baidu, Inc. showcased the latest updates and major milestones of its intelligent driving efforts at Baidu Create AI developer conference, empowering the intelligent transformation of the auto and mobility industries with innovative technology.
Apollo’s collaborative platform is already well underway towards ushering in a new era of mass production for L4 autonomous vehicles, with Baidu and Hongqi’s pre-production line now fully operational. With vehicles set to first be deployed in Changsha, Baidu will soon realise the completion of its evolution from scale tests to pre-production and on to the deployment and operation of the autonomous vehicles.
Also set to be debuted in Changsha is Apollo Go, Baidu’s Apollo robotaxi project, which is slated to be launched as part of the Hunan capital’s smart city upgrade. Under the programme, a 5G network and an intelligent upgrade of roadway infrastructure will be deployed to lay the groundwork for what will be the country’s largest L4 self-driving taxi fleet. In his keynote, Zhenyu Li, Vice President and General Manager of Intelligent Driving Group at Baidu, showcased the Apollo Go mini-programme interface to attendees at the conference, which users can use to hail a ride in one of Baidu’s autonomous vehicles.
Baidu also announced the release of Apollo 5.0, which includes upgrades to both Apollo Open Platform and Apollo Enterprise. The Apollo Open Platform has upgraded 17 core capabilities and makes its data pipeline accessible to developers, empowering them with six data capabilities, including intelligent data collection, open synthetic dataset, large-scale cloud training, custom simulation validator, open data application set and seamless compatibility with the Apollo Open Source Platform. Now developers can complete dynamic calibration for a vehicle in just 30 minutes via the cloud at a rate of 100 vehicles per week.
The Apollo Enterprise upgrade includes new production solutions for self-driving taxis and intelligent signal control as well as the bolstering of three core capabilities in autonomous minibuses, valet parking and DuerOS for Apollo.
Built on Baidu’s advantages in its proprietary integrated solutions as well as HD maps, the production-ready autonomous parking solution ‘Valet Parking’ is positioned to deliver an incredibly cost-effective method for transforming traditional parking facilities into smart infrastructure.
Baidu’s Apollo intelligent transportation solutions have also been deployed in cities, with the company’s intelligent transportation information control system already helping to reduce traffic delays by 20-30% in Baoding, Hebei province. Moving forward, Baidu will invest in driving transformation in intelligent transportation by further improving system control efficiency across all facets of mobility.
Baidu’s Apollo has a robust ecosystem of 156 partners including leading carmakers Geely, Chery, Great Wall, and Ford, with more than 60 auto brands powered by Baidu’s capabilities in connected vehicles and over 300 vehicle models on the market to date. The Apolong mini-bus, which Baidu unveiled one year ago, also got an upgrade – an Apolong full-size bus and an expansion of operations from enclosed parks to open roads. Apollo’s Minibus solutions have reached agreements with multiple automobile companies and autonomous shuttle buses have begun operation at automaker JMC’s campus in Nanchang, Jiangxi province.
With the emerging age of intelligence and mobility revolution underway, Apollo is committed to pioneering with openness and future-focused technological innovation to accelerate the intelligent transformation of the global mobility industry.