Baidu is becoming the new “dark horse” of autonomous vehicles. In 2017, Baidu launched project Apollo, an open data platform for the developers to create software for autonomous vehicles. Since then, the company has gathered more than 100 partners including leading automakers (Daimler, Ford), suppliers (Bosch, Continental) among others. Baidu is co-operating with China Speech Valley developers for the development of AI.
Baidu wants to be the brain behind autonomous vehicles and leave hardware to be handled by automakers and OEMs. Just as Google passes some of its proprietary apps to Android, Baidu is also reserving some of its proprietary services such as mapping and machine learning in Apollo. – Aman Madhok