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Baidu and Softbank’s SB Drive are bringing an autonomous bus service to Japan

Chinese search engine giant Baidu have partnered with Softbank subsidiary SB Drive and manufacturer King Long to deploy a self-driving mini bus service to Japan early next year.

The agreement was announced at Create Baidu, the company’s annual AI developer conference in Beijing. Under the agreement, a version of Baidu’s Apolong autonomous mini bus will be exported to Japan from China in early 2019. This agreement, which for now includes an order of 10 buses, marks the first time autonomous vehicles will be exported from China.

Apolong, co-developed with King Long, is outfitted with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving system, which is capable of Level 4 operations, a designation by automotive engineering association SAE International that means the vehicles take over all driving in certain conditions. The buses, which will initially deployed in tourist spots, airports, and other controlled, or geo-fenced areas.

Baidu announced earlier at the conference that it has started volume production of the autonomous mini buses in partnership with King Long. The buses are being produced at King Long’s manufacturing facility in Xiamen, in southeastern China’s Fujian province.

Baidu plans to launch the autonomous bus service in several Chinese cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, Pingtan and Wuhan.


Source: TechCrunch

'Eagle Cam' is here to make your 4th of July party complete – CNET

Celebrate freedom just as the Founding Fathers did: By live-streaming a bald eagle on YouTube.
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Baidu's Apollo teams up with Mobileye to smarten up its decision making – Roadshow

Apollo is quickly becoming the go-to self-driving tech for Chinese OEMs, but can Mobileye’s brilliant RSS system take Apollo global?
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Baidu just made its 100th autonomous bus ahead of commercial launch in China

Baidu is preparing to launch a driverless service in China — and elsewhere — with another update to its Apollo autonomous driving platform and the mass production of Apolong, an autonomous mini bus that seats up to 14 people.

Baidu made the announcements at Baidu Create 2018, the company’s annual AI developer conference. Baidu has started volume production of the autonomous mini buses in partnership with Chinese manufacturer King Long. The buses are being produced at King Long’s manufacturing facility in Xiamen, in southeastern China’s Fujian province.

Baidu’s Chairman and CEO Robin Li introduced the milestone while livestreaming the 100th bus rolling off of the production line to more than 6,000 attendees at Baidu Create 2018 in Beijing.

Baidu plans to launch the autonomous bus service in several Chinese cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, Pingtan and Wuhan. But the company has aspirations beyond China. Baidu is partnering with SB Drive, the  autonomous driving subsidiary of SoftBank Group, to bring Apolong autonomous mini buses in Japan early next year.

Apolong is outfitted with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving system, which is capable of Level 4 operations, a designation by automotive engineering association SAE International that means the vehicles take over all driving in certain conditions. The buses, which will initially deployed in tourist spots, airports, and other controlled, or geo-fenced areas.

“2018 marks the first year of commercialization for autonomous driving. From the volume production of Apolong, we can truly see that autonomous driving is making great strides, taking the industry from zero to one,”Robin Li said during his keynote address.

The autonomous buses are the physical embodiment of Baidu’s Apollo program, an open source autonomous driving platform that has been under development for years. Baidu isn’t interested in making the actual car—just the software that drives it. Baidu has focused its effort on delivering services, like data and high-skilled computing. Baidu is betting that its tech will help it become China’s leading developer of self-driving vehicles.

And it wants as many companies as possible to use its Apollo platform. Some 116 partners are now on the Apollo platform, including new partners Jaguar Land Rover, Valeo, Byton, Leopard Imaging and Suning Logistcs.

The latest upgrade to the Apollo platform —also announced at Baidu’s developer conference — aims to better support autonomous driving in geo-fenced areas. Apollo 3.0, as it’s being called, includes new solutions to support valet parking, autonomous mini buses, and autonomous microcars. The aim is for this update to help its dozens of partners deploy volumes of autonomous vehicles, not just one or two.

A previous update, announced in January at CES 2018, included support for new computing platforms, new reference vehicles and more HD mapping services. At the time, Baidu also said it would offer support for the four main computing platforms: Nvidia, Intel, NXP and Renesas.


Source: TechCrunch

Fans of Swedish speed rejoice, the Polestar 1 configurator is live – Roadshow

How would you configure your own Scandinavian supercoupe?
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Plugspreading is an abomination and it must end today – CNET

Enraged commentary: You know when you have a plug, and it wants to pretend it’s actually two plugs, and it takes up too much space? It’s the worst. The absolute worst.
Source: CNET

More women, more money — study finds link between diversity and profit – CNET

Companies may be throwing away cold hard cash by not hiring women.
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Google's Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley – CNET

Developers blaming you for not knowing about data collection is why it’s so hard to trust tech right now.
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New 'Facebook' for animals could help protect endangered wildlife – CNET

Wildbook uses AI to turn whale-watching and safari photos into a new kind of tool to track threatened animal species.
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Fourth of July travel? Secret Service warns of gas pump skimmers – CNET

So now you know.
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