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Chinese internet giant, Baidu to share self-drive car technology

As per the recent reports, Baidu, Chinese internet giant has declared that it will share much of the technology the company has created for its self-driving cars.

As per the company this move move would help drive the development of autonomous vehicles.

Called Apollo, the project will make a range of software, hardware and data services available to others, especially the carmakers.

This initiative of the company is quiet amusing, as the other competitors of the company in this sector, like Tesla and Google, have traditionally kept key developments a closely guarded secret.

Usually refered as China’s Google, Baidu has been developing self-drive vehicles since 2015.

Making the announcement ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, the company said the technologies for use in restricted test environments would be available as soon as July.

It is expected that there will be a gradual rollout of other technology, with an aim to offer its full range of developments to support self-driving for highways and city roads by 2020.

Baidu’s group president Qi Lu stated in a statement that, “The move was being made in order to encourage greater innovation and opportunities, making better use of our technology to drive the evolution of the entire industry.”