TESLA ANNOUNCES IT WILL USE BAIDU MAPS IN ITS CHINA-MADE VEHICLES
Tesla announced in a post on its official Chinese Weibo account that it will use Baidu's mapping services for its vehicles in China. The Chinese microblogging platform Wiebo is the equivalent of Twitter in the U.S.
In Tesla's post on Weibo, the company said that its map data service provider will be replaced by Baidu so Tesla owners can have a "better driving experience on the road."
Presumably, all of the The Model 3 sedans built at Tesla's new factory in Shanghai will use maps from Baidu for Tesla's built-in navigation and route planning, as well as finding EV charging locations along the way.
Baidu is one of the world's biggest tech companies and the equivalent of Google in China and its presence in China is huge. Baidu Maps first launched in 2005 and has over 350 million monthly users.
Baidu is developing its own self-driving cars under the the open Apollo platform using its own maps, including HD maps for autonomous driving. To build its maps, Baidu uses data supplied by NavInfo, MapKing, Here, LocalKing, as well as the free to use OpenStreetMap.
Baidu maps in China is highly detailed including 3D view of some cities. However its only available in the Chinese language, so its difficult to users outside of China or for foreign visitors.
APOLLO PLATFORM 5.5
Today we are happy to announce the latest release of our self-driving platform. Apollo Platform 5.5, a leap closer to fully autonomous urban road driving. The code is available for download on Github.
Below are some highlighted new features
Storytelling: Introducing a new scenario manager that creates stories for complex scenarios that would trigger multiple modules' actions.
New Prediction: Introducing a new model to scan all obstacles that have entered the junction within permitted computing resources.
Upgraded Planning: Enhancing the planning module architecture to incorporate new curb-to-curb driving scenarios on urban roads.
Better Control: Introducing Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC) to support fast and sharp turning scenarios.
BAIDU HAS PARTNERED WITH NEOLIX TO DELIVER FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO BEIJING HAIDAN HOSPITAL WITH THE APOLLO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE.
Access to health care and resources at a moment’s notice is vital for battling the spread of the coronavirus. Autonomous vehicles are playing a useful role in providing access to necessary commodities for health-care professionals and the public alike by delivering goods in infected areas and disinfecting hospitals, effectively minimizing person-to-person transmission and alleviating the shortage of medical staff.
Apollo, Baidu’s autonomous vehicle platform, partnered with a local self-driving startup called Neolix to deliver supplies and food to the Beijing Haidian Hospital. With daily deliveries, this initiative is helping feed over 100 frontline staff members as they work to treat their growing patient base. Baidu Apollo has also made its low-speed driverless micro-car kits and autonomous driving cloud services available for free to companies dedicated to fighting the coronavirus.