(Yicai Global) Nov. 17 – China's search engine giant Baidu, Inc. [NASDAQ:BIDU] will work with Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co. to start small-scale production and trial operation of unmanned minibuses by August 2018, said founder of Baidu, Robin Li.
Li was speaking at the "2017 Baidu World Technology Conference," the online media outlet lieyunwang.com reported.
The minibus has no steering wheel and driver seat which makes it a totally driverless vehicle, Li said, adding it will run on a relatively closed road.
In 2019, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp Ltd. [SHA:600418], also known as JAC Motors, will produce autonomous cars based on Baidu Apollo technology, Li announced. BAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. [HKG:1958] will produce L3 autonomous vehicles based on Apollo technology in 2019. Chery Automobile Co. will also make autonomous cars in 2020.
Since Baidu officially opened up its driverless technology platform Apollo last July, more than 1,700 partners have used the Apollo open code, and more than 100 partners applied for using Apollo open data, Li revealed.
Baidu will also start strategic cooperation with Xiong'an New Area in central Hebei province, Li added.