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Two weeks ago, we were thrilled to announce a huge step forward in the large-scale application of autonomous driving: On October 10, 2020, Baidu fully opened its Apollo Go Robotaxi service to the public in Beijing, free of charge and with no reservation necessary. After two weeks of widespread use throughout Beijing, here’s what you need to know:

How can I experience Baidu’s Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Beijing?

You can now hail a robotaxi in Beijing with one tap in Baidu Maps, Apollo GO (a standalone ride-hailing mobile app), or the Apollo GO mini program on Baidu App.

In compliance with local regulations, our robotaxi can accommodate up to two…


Baidu Apollo has now been approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test driverless vehicles on public roads. With this green light, we will focus on fully driverless testing programs in the U.S.

The permit will allow us to test our autonomous driving Lincoln MKZ and Chrysler Pacifica day and night within Sunnyvale, CA, making Baidu Apollo the first permit holder in the state to receive driverless test permits for two different vehicle models.

Baidu Apollo vehicles have undergone a thorough testing process to ensure safety, functionality, and reliability. As proof, Baidu Apollo topped California’s 2019 DMV…


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Since Baidu’s autonomous driving platform Apollo was open-sourced in April 2017, it has built a community with over 45,000 developers, 210 industry partners, and compiled more than 600,000 source code lines in 97 countries around the world.

At Baidu World 2020, Baidu’s biggest annual tech conference in September, we introduced Apollo 6.0, the newest version that demonstrates our efforts towards driverless technology. Join us for a quick look at Apollo 6.0, with new updates in deep learning models, data pipeline services, remote control interface, upgraded dev environment, and V2X capabilities.


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  • Event livestream demonstrates Fully Automated Driving without a safety driver
  • Pre-installed and mass-produced vehicles, “experienced AI driver”, and 5G Remote Driving Service are the three core components of Fully Automated Driving
  • Apollo announces various updates including a car model by Weltmeister equipped with Apollo’s L4 autonomous valet parking technology

Baidu this week displayed Fully Automated Driving during Baidu World 2020, the company’s annual technology conference. With Apollo’s new Fully Automated Driving capability, the AI system can independently drive without a safety driver inside the vehicle, a breakthrough that will accelerate the large-scale deployment of autonomous driving technology across China. …


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Baidu today launched the Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Beijing, becoming the first company to allow people in China’s capital to use robotaxis. The service encompasses the largest total area and longest road network of about 700 kilometers for a manned autonomous driving test area in China, with nearly 100 pick-up and drop-off stations covering residential and business areas in Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi districts.

The launch event was held at Apollo Park, the world’s largest autonomous driving and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) test base and one of the Apollo Go stations, located in the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area. As the first…


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Baidu Apollo has reached strategic partnerships with Guangzhou-based SCI Group and Guangzhou Public Transport Group at the Guangzhou Annual Investment Conference on August 28, aiming to jointly develop intelligent transportation in the city.

Under the nearly 460 million RMB (~$67 million) deal with SCI Group, Baidu Apollo will boost smart city digital transportation services and explore an “urban transport operator” model by supporting V2X technologies, connected vehicle, smart traffic, and autonomous driving.

Baidu will also team up with Guangzhou Public Transport Group to develop an intelligent transport network in the city, including robotaxi operations, 5G-powered robobuses for public transportation, C-V2X…


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With Apollo Go, people in Cangzhou can hail a robotaxi ride from train stations and other public spaces.

We have opened the Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Cangzhou, Hebei province, extending robotaxi coverage to the downtown area of a city for the first time in China. The launch marks a significant milestone in Baidu’s development of autonomous driving technology and its aim to bring about the era of intelligent transportation.

At first, the Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Cangzhou covers 55 pick-up and drop-off stations across the city, including train stations, schools, hotels, museums, business and industrial areas, and other public spaces. The launch in Cangzhou comes after Baidu opened robotaxi services in a 130 square kilometer region…


This is part two of the two-part technical blogs that summarize the major technical upgrades in Perception, Prediction and Planning modules in Apollo 5.0. Part one introduces the newly released developer tools and service offerings, read it here.

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Baidu Create 2019 — Beijing, China

In Part One of the Apollo 5.0 technical blog, we talked about all the newly released features such as Smart Data Recorder, Apollo Data Pipeline, Large-scale Cloud Processing, and brand new service offerings like Vehicle Control Calibration Service, Control-in-the-Loop Simulation, Scenario Editor in Dreamland (Apollo cloud-based simulation platform) and the largest ever released Apollo Synthetic Dataset.

Besides all these exciting new service…


Learn more about why Apollo Cyber RT is your go-to runtime framework to build your own autonomous driving solution.

The Apollo Cyber RT framework, launched as part of the Apollo 3.5 release, marks a new and significant milestone in the evolution of the Apollo platform. It is the world’s first open-source, high-performance runtime framework designed specifically for the development of autonomous driving technology. What can it do, you ask? Let’s dive in.

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Apollo 3.5 Architecture with Apollo Cyber RT as the new runtime framework

The goal we set for the Apollo Cyber RT framework was simple: to give you a robust framework with high performance computing to support and manage the complex…


This is the part one of the two-part technical blogs that walks you through all the newly released features and tools in Apollo 5.0. Part 2 focuses on the existing module upgrades, read it here.

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During CES 2019, Baidu Apollo released a milestone version — Apollo 3.5, which enabled developers to achieve urban autonomous driving. …

Apollo Auto

Apollo Platform is Baidu’s open source autonomous driving platform. Build your autonomous driving projects with Apollo: github.com/apolloauto.

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