Baidu will be held this week Baidu Create 2017 Baidu AI Developers Conference, will announce its first batch of automatic driving software manufacturers. Reuters released recently reported that Baidu behind the progress of these long-term investment in Silicon Valley, and Baidu seems to have become a leader in the field of automatic driving cars in Silicon Valley. The
Reuters believes that Baidu these cooperation can not be separated behind more than 6 miles away from the efforts of Silicon Valley R & D base. In Silicon Valley, in addition to Baidu, there are more than 30 Chinese companies committed to the Internet auto driving software and hardware R & D and investment, Baidu seems to have become the leader of these enterprises.
Baidu Technology Center is located in Sunnyvale, California, close to NASA Armstrong Research Center. In April this year, Baidu announced the Apollo program, the plan to NASA's lunar landing plan, highlighting the ambition of Baidu. China is the world's largest car market, and Baidu's goal is to automatically drive the car to occupy the Chinese market, and even into the US market.
Silicon Valley of China Dragon
Reuters in the report in the evaluation of Baidu for the "Silicon Valley of China Dragon & rdquo ;. In 2011, Baidu as a new generation of enterprises in China, into the Silicon Valley, the establishment of research and development base, in-depth mining talent. After entering the Silicon Valley, Baidu through investment, acquisitions and cooperation, has become the Silicon Valley China enterprise network core leader.
Over the past six years, Baidu has successfully established a strong R & D team of more than 200 people, to absorb the top universities from the United States, as well as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other technology companies top talent.
Baidu in the United States continue to expand business, the acquisition of the visual and robotics company xPerception, and chip maker Weixi Da close cooperation, but also invest in other Silicon Valley companies. Lidder is the key technology to help automate the driving route to determine the driving route, master the technology of the company Velodyne had also received Baidu injection.
Baidu also joint Tencent co-investment in the Silicon Valley to the car. Wei Lai car is currently worth 2.8 billion yuan, in Shanghai and Silicon Valley San Jose has offices. US venture capitalists Evangelos Simoudis said Baidu and other Chinese companies in Silicon Valley's investment has greatly contributed to the growth of Silicon Valley mobile start-up companies.
Baidu, Google lead autopilot
In addition, the Dow Jones news market Market Watch released the article said that Baidu and Google is the leader in the field of automatic driving, and Apple is far behind. Dow Jones said Baidu is currently working to improve the large-scale production capacity of automatic driving technology for the production of automatic production in 2020 to prepare for the car.
Baidu can take the lead in the field of automatic driving, in addition to Baidu's own technical capacity and talent level, the occupation of China, the world's largest automobile market and radiation global Baidu is a key advantage. At present, Baidu in the United States has been the layout of the R & D center for several years, while Google is still unable to enter China.
Dow Jones said, compared to Baidu, Google in the field of automatic driving research and development results, Apple catch up. Apple announced that this week will be on the automatic driving technology to test, but there are details that the test is only for a few of the few SUV, and Apple in recent years to test the models were not impressive. Investors paid a high R & D costs, but failed to harvest a satisfactory R & D results, can not help but questioned.