Chinese analogue of Google allowed to test drones in BeijingMarch 23, 2018
Technology company Baidu, which is often called the “Chinese equivalent of Google,” received permission from the Beijing authorities to test drone in the city. Departure to the cars is allowed on 33 roads, the total length of which is 105 kilometers. This is reported by the publication Business Insider.
“We believe that with the support of the city authorities, Beijing will become the center of the industry of autonomous vehicles,” Zhao Cheng, vice president of Baidu, commented on the event. At the same time, the company was the first to receive such permission, and already managed to conduct demonstration raids of drones in the Daxing area.
Last September, Baidu announced the creation of a fund for the development of autonomous vehicles. Its volume will be 1.5 billion dollars. In addition, over the next three years, the company intends to invest in 100 projects related to unmanned technologies.
Meanwhile, the US recorded the first case of an autonomous car on a pedestrian with a fatal outcome. The unmanned Volvo SUV, owned by Uber, shot down a woman who crossed the road at night outside the crossing.
After that, Uber stopped the drone testing program. Also the work was suspended by Toyota.