Baidu open source AV platform gains critical mass
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Launched in July 2017, the Apollo autonomous driving open platform led by Chinese Internet search giant Baidu has really taken off in the last year. As of November 2018, the effort has attracted 131 global partners.
The latest announcements include volume production plans of China’s first Level 4 autonomous driving passenger vehicles from Volvo, a joint effort with Ford Motor Co. on a two-year project to jointly test Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in Beijing, a collaboration with Volvo Cars to jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars for mass production in China, and plans for autonomous driving taxis in Changsha, Hunan province, China. The latest partnerships and advancements further solidify Apollo’s position as one of the largest and most vibrant autonomous driving communities in the world.
In June 2018, the third major update to Apollo was released: the open, reliable, and secure software platform that provides a leading HD map service, an open autonomous driving simulation engine, and an end-to-end, deep-learning algorithm. Compared to a closed ecosystem, Apollo is designed to evolve faster, bring greater benefits to members, and continually grow. The Apollo roadmap for automated driving progresses accordingly, with production-level closed venue capability demonstrated in 2018, progressing to productionlevel, geo-fenced city roads in 2019, production-level simple city roads in 2020, and highway and city roads in 2021.
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