China’s Internet giant Baidu announced on Wednesday that they are teaming up with the California-based company Nvidia to produce autopilot technology and other areas.
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During Baidu Create 2017 on Wednesday, Baidu’s annual convention for software and hardware developers, the company said they will collaborate with Nvidia on three major projects in the fields of autopilot technology, deep learning and voice control.
Under the deal, Baidu will utilize Nvidia’s Drive PX platform for its self-driving car initiative, Apollo, announced in April this year.
Nvidia drive PX is the open AI car computing platform that enables automakers and tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. It scales from a palm-sized, energy efficient module for AutoCruise capabilities, to a powerful AI supercomputer capable of autonomous driving.
With the help of the Nvidia’s platform, Baidu hopes to open up self-driving on highways and in urban traffic by 2020.
Rules and policy regarding autopilot are yet to be set in China.
Beijing Traffic Police has warned Baidu not to violate existing regulations the very next day after the convention, which raised questions about how the law enforcement will influence the future development of this self-driving project.
Baidu also planned to add its new DuerOS, a voice control AI assistant, to Nvidia’s Shield TV, a stream TV box with video and platform being introduced in China later this year.
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