Baidu has invested heavily in artificial intelligence, and is working to take the lead in the global development of driverless cars. The company is aiming to get its tech-savvy vehicles out on the roads by around 2020. But as the industry race continues to develop autonomous cars, it’s clear that laws and regulations may be a bit slower to catch up — a trend that has spanned the world as new innovations have popped up in the internet age.
On Wednesday, Baidu announced a partnership with more than 50 foreign and domestic companies to collaborate and develop its autonomous driving platform, Apollo. Firms involved include mapping specialist TomTom, tech firm Nvidia, chipmaker Intel, Ford, Daimler and a spate of Chinese car manufacturers including Chery Auto and Great Wall Motor.
A Baidu spokesperson said the company wouldn’t comment on the investigation by Beijing traffic authorities.