Baidu will launch self driving mini buses in Japan in early 2019, according to Bloomberg news, which was quoted by The Verge technology website in July 4th. In some cities in China, the self driving mini bus goes on line earlier.
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The mini bus has 14 passengers and does not have a driver's driving position or steering wheel, and its driving system reaches fourth levels of autopilot and does not require artificial driving in a specific road area.
Baidu also claims that it will also upgrade the Baidu Apollo autopilot system, including updating facial recognition capabilities, such as whether the driver is in a fatigued driving state, and the customer's parking function. In addition, Baidu also announced its cooperation with Intel's Mobileye, carrying safe driving mode and camera and computer vision software on mini buses.