Chinese IT giant Baidu plans to release its own electric car
Internet giant Baidu to enter negotiations with major Chinese automakers on the possibility of contract assembly of its first own car.
Chinese internet giant Baidu is considering developing its own electric car and is in talks with major auto companies for contract manufacturing. This is reported by Reuters with reference to its own sources.
According to the agency, Baidu held preliminary negotiations with FAW, Geely, GAC Motor. FAW declined to comment officially, while Geely said it was the first time they had heard of such a collaboration. At the same time, the GAC noted that they are in a strategic alliance with Baidu, therefore they are ready to discuss the further development of partnerships.
In 2017, Baidu organized the Apollo project to develop automotive autonomous driving systems. At the moment, the Chinese are working closely and exchanging technologies with many companies, including Geely, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Ford.
In addition, Baidu has launched an unmanned taxi service in China called Go Robotaxi, which has opened branches in Beijing, Changsha, and Guangzhou. Cars carry passengers in automatic mode, however, there is an operator in the driver's seat, ready to take control in the event of an emergency. At the same time, Go Robotaxi has recently been allowed to conduct tests without a controller at the wheel - in early November, the first five of these machines entered the routes in Beijing.
Baidu isn't the only tech giant interested in building its own car. For example, in early 2020, the first Sony passenger car made its debut, in the development of which Bosch, NVIDIA, and Magna Steyr took part.
The concept car, called the Vision-S, is equipped with a 200 kW (272 hp) electric unit that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. The car is equipped with more than 30 different sensors and sensors that collect a lot of different information about the passengers inside and about the surrounding space.
Vision-S has already passed a series of successful tests, including on public roads in Graz, Austria. However, the Japanese have no plans for the serial production of this car, which is still considered as an experimental platform for research and demonstration of new technologies.
On Monday, November 14, a new electric car with an automatic control system was presented by the American startup Zoox, owned by Amazon. The car, which does not have a driver's cab, is able to move without recharging the batteries for up to 16 hours. The vehicle is oriented in space thanks to a complex of cameras, radars and laser rangefinders, and electric motors on each axis that allow you to move in any direction without having to turn around. It is assumed that such cars will be used in automated taxi services.