Ford, Baidu set to test self-driving cars on Beijing’s roads
Trials are slated to begin by end of this year.
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Beijing will soon see another non-Chinese self-driving car on its roads.
is beginning a two-year initiative with Chinese internet giant
to develop and test self-driving vehicles designed to meet Level 4 driving automation standards established by SAE International in China, the US automaker said in a statement today.
This means the vehicles involved in the trials should be capable of operating autonomously "within a specific geographic area and under certain weather conditions" upon completion, according to Ford. The cars are equipped with Baidu's Apollo virtual driver system and were converted by a team of Ford engineers.
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The tests will run on open roads designated for autonomous vehicle trials in Beijing and could possibly be extended to other Chinese cities in future in accordance with local regulations, Ford added in its statement.
Baidu is still in the process of acquiring the licenses for this project, but on-road testing is slated to begin by end of this year, a Ford spokesperson told CNET in an email.