Chinese search giant Baidu making competitor of Google driverless cars
Recently Google unveiled its first prototype of a driverless car, and it stood as the only company planning on this futuristic automobile technology. But the competition will soon come from the land of China, as Baidu is planning to make one to answer Google.
Baidu, the popular Chinese language search engine provider has revealed that it is working on a similar project. According to an interview published in The Next Web Kai Yu, Baidu’s deputy director of its Institute of Deep Learning, has said that though Baidu is making a ‘smart’car, it is not aiming at a completely driverless car.
Kai Yu explains this as “This is actually an intelligent assistant collecting data from road situations and then operating locally… We don’t call this a driverless car. I think a car should be helping people, not replacing people, so we call this a highly autonomous car.”
The idea sounds logical, as car without a steering wheels, makes the driver fully depend on the intelligence of the car, Baidu wants to give a chance to the driver, to make use of the human intelligence then depending on the car solely.
The company is focusing on making the pedestrians safe as they “tend to behave more recklessly when walking on the roads and massive traffic jams plague big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai” he revealed in the interview.
He explains to The Next Web “Whenever the driver wants to resume control, you can do that. It’s like riding on a horse, rather than just sitting in a car where you only have a button”
The horse analogy sounds a little more like an advanced form of cruise control than a fully autonomous vehicle, but it's an interesting idea -- a horse will typically make a cautious, self preserving decision” comments Engadget.