Baidu releasesApollo2.0 Version of unmanned vehicle adds camera sensors

Two days before the official release of Apollo version 2.0, Baidu demonstrated its Apollo 2.0-based unmanned vehicles to the public at its R&D center in Silicon Valley on Jan. 6, U.S. time.

The unmanned car displayed by Baidu in the U.S. is equipped with the Apollo 2.0 system that will be officially released to the public, and because Apollo 2.0 adds a vision solution, the top of the Baidu unmanned car on display has two new cameras, one telephoto and one short-focus, in addition to LIDAR, and according to the introduction, the main purpose of the cameras is now to identify traffic lights on the road.

Baidu's unmanned car with the addition of a camera

In addition Apollo 2.0 will support autonomous driving on simple city roads, and in the demonstration, the unmanned car drove around Baidu's Silicon Valley R&D center in the U.S. and drove around California's urban open roads, completing operations such as automatic lane changes, U-turns, overtaking and automatic start/stop after recognizing traffic lights.

As required by local law, test riders are required to sign a pledge prior to test riding an unmanned vehicle

Baidu's full line of Apollo products will make their first collective appearance at CES 2018, showing Apollo productization and mass production results for overseas developers and partners, The Wire has learned. In addition, Apollo 2.0 will be launched in Las Vegas.

According to the report, the Baidu Apollo US team is based at its R&D center in Sunnyvale, California, which was officially opened in October 2017 and covers 3,400 square meters for two divisions: one is a division of Baidu's Intelligent Driving Group (IDG), which is responsible for the Apollo open platform for autonomous driving; the other is a division of the cybersecurity department. The R&D center can accommodate 150 people and has an automotive lab.

Pictured is the automotive lab at Baidu's US R&D center

About two kilometers from this R&D center, the first R&D center set up by Baidu in Silicon Valley, according to the introduction, in 2011, Baidu first set up a North American office, in 2014, the Silicon Valley branch of the Baidu Research Institute was established, and in 2017, the second R&D center of Baidu Silicon Valley was officially unveiled and operated.

Today's Baidu USA Research Institute has a 200-employee R&D center that focuses on developing technologies in areas such as voice recognition and autonomous driving.

【来源:腾讯《一线》 作者:韩依民】

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