China’s top search engine company wants to roll out self-driving buses.
Baidu Inc. aims to develop the self-driving buses in three years and mass produce them within five years, a spokesman told Reuters on Monday.
The Beijing-based company, which has set up a business unit devoted to its automobile initiatives, has also teamed up with BMW AG to create a self-driving passenger vehicle, Reuters reports.
Google has been working on developing a self-driving car since 2009. Its project includes an idea that could let the autonomous vehicles talk to pedestrians.
Ford CEO Mark Fields has also expressed his desire to make a self-driving car for the masses, and Apple was reportedly close to achieving a similar goal in August.
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