News: Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning led the autonomous driving project.
Chinese search engine giant Baidu has tested its self driving car on the streets of Beijing under a variety of environmental conditions.
Baidu equipped a modified BMW 3 Series with sensors and monitors that allowed the car to detect, recognise, and follow other vehicles with accuracy.
Baidu AutoBrain is the core autonomous driving technology used in the car which includes highly automated driving (HAD) maps, positioning, detection, and smart decision-making and control.
The car was driven for 30km on a test drive route starting from Baidu’s Beijing headquarters near Zhongguancun Science Park in Haidian District, extending to the G7 highway, Fifth Ring Road, Olympic Park and back to the headquarter.
Various functions of the car were tested during the run which included right turns, left turns and U-turns, decelerating when detecting vehicles ahead, and lane changing functions.
The functions are similar to the ones already present in Google car which is also equipped with various monitors and sensors that are designed to help the car navigate through the road.
Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning, led the autonomous driving project which was commenced in 2013, and the company developed HAD maps record 3D road data to within a few centimeters of accuracy of vehicle positioning.
Baidu Autonomous Driving Business Unit general manager Wang Jing said: "Fully autonomous driving under mixed road conditions is universally challenging, with complexity further heightened by Beijing’s road conditions and unpredictable driver behavior."