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Baidu’s Self-Driving Car hits a Milestone

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Baidu Inc.’s self-driving car has completed tests on a route with varied roads and environmental conditions. A modified BMW 3 Series car successfully negotiated a 30-kilometer (18.6 miles) test drive around Beijing, which included complex driving actions such as U-turns, left turns, changing lanes, and merging into traffic from on-ramps. The route included highways with the car’s speed peaking at 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph), during the tests, the Beijing-based company said in a statement.

Baidu hopes to develop vehicles that are “fully autonomous over a limited number of routes,” Andrew Ng, the company’s chief scientist, said in an interview. “If we can have a relatively controlled environment I think we’re in striking distance of putting cars on the road.” Read more

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