Baidu Adds Features to its Apollo Platform

Baidu Inc. has shipped an update to its Apollo platform, an open-source, self-driving platform that has picked up 70 partners lately.

Author: Jacky Ho   

Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU) has shipped an update to its Apollo platform, an open-source, self-driving platform that has picked up 70 partners lately.

The new iteration will add five features to the platform, which includes HD maps, obstacle perception, cloud simulation, planning, and end-to-end deep learning. These new capabilities offer a more comprehensive solution for car manufacturers and developers to help develop autonomous vehicles.

Obstacle perception will enable autonomous cars to correctly identify obstacles anytime during the day. Planning capability will allow vehicles to plan the driving path and make the best driving decisions. Cloud simulation on the platform will provide open-source, built-in HD maps customized for self-driving vehicles. The Chinese tech giant has a large cloud computing capacity. As a result, Apollo has enormous amount of real China traffic data. The platform also has a simulation capacity of 1 million km per day.

The Apollo platform has gathered 70 international and Chinese partners that include autonomous driving start-ups, original equipment manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, and developer platforms.



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