Baidu, Inc. has announced emerging top in China’s autonomous driving industry with the results of the 2020 Beijing Autonomous Vehicles Road Test Report.
In the recently-published report, Baidu Apollo topped industry peers across every testing category for the third year in a row.
Besides maintaining the largest fleet of test vehicles and accumulating the highest total testing mileage, Baidu has also become the first and only company to get permission to operate fully driverless road tests on public roads in Beijing.
This permission will enable Baidu to spearhead the development of smart transportation in the intelligent era.
In the 2020 edition of the Beijing Autonomous Vehicles Road Test Report, Baidu was the top company across all four categories— number of vehicles piloting autonomous vehicle passenger service, number of vehicles for general technology testing, number of vehicles carrying out fully driverless testing, and total mileage of testing.
Authoritative industry assessment
The report is the only authoritative industry assessment of its kind published in China.
The company was early in commencing road testing initiatives in Beijing, and leads the industry in areas including total number of testing vehicles, scale of testing, and diversification of testing scenarios.
It has registered a cumulative mileage of 2,019,230 kilometers over a three-year period in Beijing, accounting for 91.23 per cent of Beijing’s total testing mileage in 3 years.
In the year 2020, Baidu operated a fleet of 55 autonomous vehicles on the roads of Beijing, accounting for 75 per cent of the total number of vehicles that conducted automated driving tests in the capital city of China.
This record mileage represents a 49.24 per cent increase in comparison to previous efforts in 2019. As per the report, to put Baidu’s achievements in perspective, a total number of 87 vehicles from 14 companies had received general road testing permits in Beijing as of December 31, 2020.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
If you like this article from Automotive Lead, please feel free to share this in your social media platforms to help your contacts to understand more on this subject