Baidu to start mass production of Apolong buses

Chinese tech firm Baidu is all set to start mass production of the newly developed self-driving bus soon. The company has produced its 100th bus in South East China’s Fujian Province recently, media reports said. The self-driving bus, named Apolong, was co-developed by Baidu and commercial vehicle manufacturer King Long.

The bus has a Baidu Apollo autonomous driving system, which is able to perceive its surroundings, predict the movements of vehicles and pedestrians, and plan optimized routes based on high-definition maps and intelligent sensing capability. It has no steering wheel, driver’s seat and brake, the company said.

Trials of the bus were carried out in China. Initially, the bus will be used in semi-enclosed and enclosed areas, such as scenic areas, industrial parks and airports, with a limited speed between 20 and 40 km per hour. The Apolong buses will be put into demonstration operations in various Chinese cities. In future, it will be exported to Japan as well, says the company.

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