Self-driving buses to become a reality in China

China's Baidu has announced they have begun production on self-driving buses.


NSFW    CHINA — The future of buses is here.

China's Baidu has announced they have begun production of driverless buses in partnership with Chinese manufacturer King Long, reports Xinhua.

Baidu released video footage of the bus, called Apolong, which shows it to be much smaller than a regular sized bus.

The buses will first be put to use in cities such as Beijing, Shenzhen and even Tokyo, reports the South China Morning Post.

According to Xinhua, the bus will initially be used in tourist spots, airports and other enclosed areas.

Local reports say Apolong is capable of Level 4 operations, which means it is able to drive without any drivers in specific areas and has 14 seats inside it with no steering wheel.

The autonomous vehicle will be powered by Baidu's own autonomous driving platform.

Baidu says they will be working with Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel, to incorporate the Responsible, Sensitive Safety(RSS) driving model to its buses which would "mimic human judgment" while it's driving.
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