Volvo 360C conceptVolvo hit the accelerator Thursday on the further integration of the automotive and tech industries by announcing plans to jointly develop a self-driving car with Chinese internet services giant Baidu. The plan is to mass produce the cars in China for sale to fleets as well as individuals. Timing wasn’t mentioned but the companies confirmed the cars will be battery-electric vehicles with Level 4 self-driving capability. A Level 4 self-driving car can operate without a driver in select conditions. The conditions usually include operating within a pre-determined, sufficiently mapped area, known as geo-fencing, as well as within certain weather restrictions. The ultimate goal is a Level 5 car which can handle all conditions expected of a human. While Volvo is developing its own self-driving system, the self-driving car it will develop with Baidu will be controlled by the Chinese tech firm’s open-source self-driving system known as Apollo. The Apollo system also integrates the hardware and cloud data necessary for self-driving cars. The latest version, which has more than 90 companies involved in its development, including automakers such as Daimler, Ford and General Motors, as well as tech firms such as Nvidia, Microsoft and TomTom, is said to be… Read full this story
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