Baidu company will bring to the Japanese roads 14-seater autonomous buses without driver’s seat, steering wheel and pedals
Technology company Baidu, which is called the Chinese equivalent of Google, in 2019 will bring to the roads of Japan the fleet of unmanned buses. About this, with reference to its own source, reports Bloomberg.
The buses will be delivered in cooperation with SB Drive, a transportation company that is part of the Japanese corporation SoftBank. These will be devices called Appolong, which at the moment have sold more than 100 units.
Appolong is able to take on board 14 passengers. At the same time, he does not have a driver’s seat and external controls. The bus is equipped with an autopilot of the fourth level – orientation in space and the management is engaged exclusively in electronics.
The Chinese IT company Baidu participates in numerous projects for development and testing of cars with automatic control systems, cooperating, among others, with Lifan and BAIC. In the next few years, Baidu intends to invest about one and a half billion dollars in programs related to unmanned technologies.