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INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: Why Baidu’s Plans to Build Electric Vehicles with Automaker Geely is the Right Choice

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: Why Baidu’s Plans to Build Electric Vehicles with Automaker Geely is the Right Choice

As the biggest internet technology company in China, Baidu Inc. has been actively working on autonomous driving technology with over a 100 industry partners via its open Apollo platform. But as modern vehicles are becoming more like computers on wheels, the next logical step is to integrate all of Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving technology into a custom-built electric vehicle with the help of a major Chinese automaker. Now Baidu has officially confirmed those plans.

Eric Walz2021-01-22 15:30 PT

China’s Tech Giant Baidu is Considering Making its Own Electric Vehicles, Sources Say

China’s Tech Giant Baidu is Considering Making its Own Electric Vehicles, Sources Say

China’s tech giant Baidu, which is the country's equivalent of Google, is reportedly seeking to build its own electric car. Baidu has already held talks with automakers about the possibility, people with knowledge of the matter said. Baidu is actively working on autonomous driving technology as part of its Apollo open platform established in 2017. The open Apollo platform is designed to speed up the development of self-driving technology through collaboration between industry partners.

Eric Walz2020-12-15 10:45 PT

China’s Baidu Granted Permit to Deploy Self-Driving Vehicles in Beijing Without Human Backup

China’s Baidu Granted Permit to Deploy Self-Driving Vehicles in Beijing Without Human Backup

On Friday, China's Baidu said it was granted a permit to deploy self-driving vehicles on public roads in Beijing without human backup drivers. The vehicles are being tested for Baidu’s planned commercial robotaxi service called “Apollo Go.” Baidu said obtaining the driverless testing permit in Beijing is a breakthrough that will help the company accelerate the large-scale deployment of autonomous driving technology across China.

Eric Walz2020-12-07 13:00 PT

Waymo to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

Waymo to Open New Autonomous Testing Facility in Ohio

The facility is being built in partnership with the Transportation Research Center and will help the company test its vehicles in more diverse weather conditions and complex urban situations.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-12-07 07:15 PT

Nexteer & Continental Joint Venture Company Develops ‘Brake-to-Steer’ Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

Nexteer & Continental Joint Venture Company Develops ‘Brake-to-Steer’ Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

CNXMotion, the joint venture company of global auto supplier Continental and Michigan-based automotive motion control developer Nexteer Automotive, has announced the development of a new “Brake-to-Steer” (BtS) technology for automated vehicles or vehicles equipped with advanced driver assist systems (ADAS). The technology adds another layer of redundancy by using a vehicle’s electronic brake system to safely steer the vehicle while simultaneously controlling its speed.

FutureCar Staff 2020-12-02 16:45 PT

Silicon Valley Startup Nuro Announces $500 Million in New Funding for its Tiny Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Silicon Valley Startup Nuro Announces $500 Million in New Funding for its Tiny Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

On Monday, Silicon Valley-based autonomous vehicle developer Nuro announced its raised $500 million in new funding, giving the company a valuation of over $5 billion, as the industry inches closer to commercializing autonomous delivery services. The company's mission is to accelerate the use of robotics technology and machine learning for use in everyday life. As a result of that effort, Nuro built a pair of fully-electric, lightweight self-driving vehicles designed to transport goods.

Eric Walz2020-11-10 15:10 PT

U.S. Retailer Walmart Partners with GM's Cruise on a Self-Driving Delivery Pilot in Arizona

U.S. Retailer Walmart Partners with GM's Cruise on a Self-Driving Delivery Pilot in Arizona

​U.S. retail giant Walmart Inc. is launching an autonomous delivery pilot with Cruise, the majority-owned autonomous driving subsidiary of automaker General Motors. The pilot program is set to begin early next year in Scottsdale, Arizona, Walmart announced on Tuesday. As part of the pilot, customers can place an order from their local Walmart store and have it delivered in one of Cruise’s fully-electric self-driving vehicles.

Eric Walz2020-11-10 13:00 PT

Waymo Releases Report on How it Ensures its Autonomous Vehicles Offer the Highest Level of Safety

Waymo Releases Report on How it Ensures its Autonomous Vehicles Offer the Highest Level of Safety

As a leader in the development of autonomous driving technology, including commercial robotaxis and self-driving trucks, Alphabet's autonomous driving division Waymo utilizes comprehensive safety requirements and practices for its autonomous vehicle development, testing and deployment phases, which the company shared in two detailed reports.

FutureCar Staff 2020-10-30 12:55 PT

Automotive Supplier Continental AG Invests in California Lidar Developer AEye

Automotive Supplier Continental AG Invests in California Lidar Developer AEye

Automotive supplier Continental AG has made a minority investment in California-based lidar and computer vision developer AEye Inc. Continental will utilize AEye’s patented lidar technology to develop an automotive grade perception sensor for automated highway driving.

Eric Walz2020-10-28 11:45 PT

Silicon Valley Lidar Company Velodyne Signs 3 Year Supply Deal with China’s Baidu

Silicon Valley Lidar Company Velodyne Signs 3 Year Supply Deal with China’s Baidu

Silicon Valley-based lidar company Velodyne Lidar Inc. was one of the first companies to supply lidar to developers of autonomous vehicles and today the company announced it will supply its lidar to China’s Baidu, a company that’s often referred to as the “Google of China.” Velodyne announced a three-year sales agreement with Baidu for its Alpha Prime lidar sensors for autonomous driving applications.

Eric Walz2020-10-12 12:45 PT

Baidu Apollo Debuts the First Level-4 Autonomous Buses in China

Baidu Apollo Debuts the First Level-4 Autonomous Buses in China

Baidu Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform of China’s internet giant Baidu, debuted the first level 4 autonomous bus in China. The company will deploy the medium-sized buses on a test route in the Chinese municipality of Chongqing this week, picking up passengers at seven stops.

FutureCar Staff 2020-09-18 16:00 PT

Amazon Signs Agreement to Buy Self-Driving Startup Zoox for More Than $1 Billion

Amazon Signs Agreement to Buy Self-Driving Startup Zoox for More Than $1 Billion

E-commerce giant Amazon is making its first big investment in self-driving technology and announced it signed an agreement to purchase Silicon Valley-based self-driving startup Zoox. The company developed an autonomous bi-directional vehicle from the ground up, as well as the entire software stack that controls it.

Eric Walz2020-06-26 09:00 PT

Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Silicon Valley Self-Driving Startup Zoox, Reports Say

Amazon in Advanced Talks to Buy Silicon Valley Self-Driving Startup Zoox, Reports Say

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy self-driving startup Zoox, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. If completed, the deal would set the stage for Amazon to develop its own autonomous delivery platform instead of relying on UPS, FedEX or the United States Postal Service (USPS) to deliver the bulk of its online orders.

FutureCar Staff 2020-05-27 15:30 PT

China’s Baidu Completes its ‘Apollo Park’, the World’s Largest Autonomous Driving & Intelligent Vehicle Testing Site

China’s Baidu Completes its ‘Apollo Park’, the World’s Largest Autonomous Driving & Intelligent Vehicle Testing Site

The world’s largest intelligent vehicle infrastructure cooperative System (IVICS) has been completed in China, internet giant Baidu announced on Tuesday. The comprehensive test site is called “Apollo Park” and will support the development of autonomous vehicles as part of Baidu's open Apollo platform.

Eric Walz2020-05-27 12:15 PT

CVEDIA Wins a 2020 Edison Award for its Synthetic Data Algorithms to Train AI

CVEDIA Wins a 2020 Edison Award for its Synthetic Data Algorithms to Train AI

On April 8, 2020, the annual Edison Award winners were announced, which recognize innovations each year in the fields science, technology, design and engineering. This year’s recipients included Arlington, Virginia-based company CVEDIA. The company creates synthetic data for computer vision applications that normally require massive amounts of training data, such as with self-driving cars.

Eric Walz2020-04-16 13:50 PT

Autonomous Driving Startup Zoox Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Filed By Tesla Over Stolen IP

Autonomous Driving Startup Zoox Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Filed By Tesla Over Stolen IP

Silicon Valley-based autonomous vehicle developer Zoox, a company developing bi-directional self-driving shuttles for a planned commercial robotaxi service, has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by electric carmaker Tesla. Tesla filed its suit in March of last year accusing four Zoox employees of taking proprietary documents.

Eric Walz2020-04-15 13:25 PT

Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Gets Approval From California's DMV to Deploy its Vehicles Without a Human Backup

Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro Gets Approval From California's DMV to Deploy its Vehicles Without a Human Backup

Autonomous grocery delivery startup Nuro announced its been granted a permit from the state of California to deploy is compact autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads in Silicon Valley without a human backup driver. Nuro becomes the second permit issued in the state that allows it to operate its driverless vehicles without human supervision.

FutureCar Staff 2020-04-07 15:15 PT

Goodyear is Testing its New ‘Intelligent Tires’ with Mobility Startup Priva

Goodyear is Testing its New ‘Intelligent Tires’ with Mobility Startup Priva

Michigan-based mobility startup Priva Mobility, which provides mobile offices for workers on the go, is testing a new type of “intelligent tire” on its fleet of vehicles in a partnership with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Eric Walz2019-10-31 12:00 PT

Hyundai Investing $35 Billion in Autonomous Driving, EVs & Connected Cars

Hyundai Investing $35 Billion in Autonomous Driving, EVs & Connected Cars

​South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group is investing billions in the development of electric vehicles, autonomous driving and connected car technology in a push to be more competitive as the auto industry moves towards electrification, autonomous driving and other mobility services.

FutureCar Staff 2019-10-15 11:00 PT

Silicon Valley-based Voyage Raises $31 Million in Latest Funding Round

Silicon Valley-based Voyage Raises $31 Million in Latest Funding Round

Autonomous driving startup Voyage has announced a $31 million Series B funding round. The latest funding round was led by Franklin Templeton, with significant participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land-Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. The new funding bring to total amount raised by Voyage to $52 million.

Eric Walz2019-09-13 10:00 PT

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