Autonomous Car Core Technology A State Monopoly in China

Baidu car - Picture courtesy Wired.com

Baidu Inc., often called “China’s Google, is once more following in the footsteps of the real Google. Baidu is entering the field of self-driving cars, Bloomberg says. The company has been testing the technology for a while. Late last year, a modified BMW 3-series with the telltale rotating “coffee-grinder” RADAR units on its roof, and Baidu logic under the hood, drove an 18.6-mile route through Beijing all by itself without an accident, in itself a major feat that taxes the capabilities of the average human driver, let alone those of an adolescent robot.

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