China’s search engine giant, Baidu Inc is all set to provide self-driving cars for the people and has been testing out the driverless cars. However, Baidu is currently under the radar as its CEO; Robin Li tested a driverless car on public roads. According to the Beijing Traffic police, an investigation is being conducted to check if the firm broke any laws or if there were any irregularities in using a self-driving car on the public roads. Baidu has been striving to become China’s Google and the search engine giant is aiming to make self-driving cars a reality in China by 2019. Uber’s driverless car program to be probed
Baidu Inc has already begun testing the cars on roads and now awaits sanctions from the local authorities. China has been striving to get ahead in developing self-driving cars and aims to have an economy that is driven by high-tech changes. As per the official statement released by Beijing Police, any violation will lead to punishment. “The police support technology and innovation of autonomous driving, but it should be conducted legally, safely and scientifically,” it read. Driverless cars to get their own safety and security regulations manual?
While Baidu has refused to comment on the entire episode, people have been discussing if the company had secured all the necessary permissions before running the test. The self-driving test from Beijing was promoted by the CEO himself, who conducted a live chat and spoke about the progress made by the company. Robin Li conducted the live chat with participants of the firm’s artificial intelligence conference and projected the feed from the testing on streets.
The video showed a huge screen sitting in the passenger seat of a self-driving car while on Beijing roads. The results of this probe are closely followed by many as any action was taken by the police is being considered as a historic move. Some people online revealed that the car seems to have violated a few traffic rules. However, the final reports will be revealed by the Beijing police.