Baidu Announces Autonomous Driving Milestones
Baidu CEO unveils vision for mobility of the future, a robocar that moves, communicates and learns.
Baidu this week held its annual flagship technology conference, Baidu World 2021, where Co-Founder and CEO Robin Li unveiled his vision for mobility of the future alongside a new robotaxi mobile platform that aims to make autonomous vehicles more accessible to the broader public. Together, these announcements demonstrate how the Baidu Apollo intelligent driving program is leading the way toward the era of autonomous driving 2.0 – shifting from technical verification to large-scale commercial operation.
“We believe that cars of the future will be robocars. They will drive autonomously, act as both an intelligent assistant and loyal companion, and be self-learning,” said Robin Li, co-founder and CEO of Baidu, as he unveiled his vision for autonomous vehicles of the future – a robocar with L5 autonomous driving capabilities.
Li envisions that intelligent vehicles of the future will be more like intelligent robots: they will move, they will communicate and they will learn. The robocar will not only be your vehicle, but also your driver, secretary, personal assistant. It will drive automatically, understand your words, take orders and continuously learn from you and upgrade to serve you a more personalized experience.