Baidu 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.

Baidu and Geely announce partnership in intelligent vehicle solutions

Onstage at Baidu Create, Baidu’s Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Robin Li, and Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, announced their strategic partnership and gave a live demonstration of integrated applications of vehicle-to-home technologies. Under the new partnership, Geely cars, beginning with the Geely Boyue Pro, will be equipped with the GKUI19 connected vehicle solution powered by Baidu’s DuerOS for Apollo.

Baidu marks milestones in test kilometers driven and first-ever T4 test licenses issued in Beijing

Baidu revealed that its fleet of 300 L4 autonomous vehicles across 13 cities had recently surpassed a milestone 2 million kilometer mark for distance driven in urban road environments. Securing another top spot in China’s autonomous vehicle industry, Baidu has been awarded 438 new autonomous driving patents, more than any other company in China. Further strengthening Baidu’s leading position in L4 road testing in China, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport allocated its entire first batch of five T4 autonomous driving test permits on July 1 to Baidu, making it the first-and-only company to receive the highest-level permit issued in China. The T4 license is an open-road test license, signifying that an autonomous vehicle possesses the ability to drive on complex urban roads, tunnels and school zones and respond to a range of complicated scenarios.

A new era of L4 mass production and Apollo Go Robotaxi unveiled

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 realize 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 program, 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. Baidu showcased the Apollo Go mini-program interface to attendees at the conference, which users can use to hail a ride in one of Baidu’s autonomous vehicles.

Baidu debuts Apollo 5.0 replete with new transformative solutions for developers and enterprises.

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.