Baidu partners with Intel to enhance Apollo self-driving platform

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Chinese tech behemoth Baidu has announced a new partnership with Intel to integrate and launch Israeli developer Mobileye’s technology into Project Apollo.

Baidu’s autonomous vehicle initiatives involving the self-driving car platform was unveiled on July 3 at the 2018 Baidu Create developer conference in Beijing.

Notably, Baidu highlights a specific merge with Mobileye’s Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model into the codebases of the commercial Apollo Drive program and Apollo Pilot. The model and program will work jointly to publish updates to the model as development progresses.

Baidu will also incorporate Mobileye’s Surround Computer Vision Kit as the preferred perception solution in Project Apollo.

“At Mobileye, safety assurance of automated vehicles is one of the most important issues facing the AV industry,” Jack West, chief systems architect for Intel’s Autonomous Driving Program, said in a statement, “and we are pleased Baidu has agreed to join us in this effort to deliver verifiable safety of AV decision-making into the China market.”

Baidu announced Apollo, which it pitches as an “open, secure, and reliable self-driving ecosystem,” in April 2017, and in the intervening months the company brought on 116 partners, including Nvidia, NXP, and Renesas. Baidu claims the project’s GitHub repository, which has more than 10,000 developers, is the “most vibrant” of its kind in the industry.

Alongside today’s announcement, Baidu said that it’s begun volume production of Apolong, China’s first Level 4 fully autonomous bus.