WSJ – Baidu Head Takes Self-Driving Car to Beijing AI Conference

Earlier this year Baidu announced Apollo, its open source self-driving car code. Allowing developers to access the code, a strategy that has paid dividends for Google’s Android smartphone platform, is meant to promote innovation.

July 5, 2017

‘Self-driving cars may be the future of personal transportation, but they are still forbidden on the crowded streets of China’s capital city—as Baidu Inc. Chief Executive Robin Li was reminded Wednesday.

The tech executive took a ride in one of his company’s self-driving prototypes to Baidu’s artificial-intelligence developer conference at the National Convention Center. Chinese news organizations and social media commenters quickly pointed out that driverless cars aren’t allowed to operate on public streets.’

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