China’s Baidu being probed after CEO tests driverless car on public roads
The company, China’s response to Google Inc. Alphabet, plays a major role in the development of autonomous vehicles in China and beyond. It unveiled a comprehensive alliance for self-driving cars Wednesday, as it seeks such vehicles on the road in China in 2019.
However, Baidu is now facing local authorities only after police said in an article in its official microblog that he studied whether there was an irregularity in the use of a car without driver on the road.
“Police admits the technology and innovation of autonomous driving, but it must be done legally, safely and science,” the traffic police said in Beijing in its statement. Any violation of the law will lead to sanctions, he said.
Baidu declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
China has been so successful in the race to develop self-propelled vehicles, aided by a regulatory and support arrangement of Beijing to move to an economy based on the high technology and consumer sectors, rather than heavy industry and low-end Of manufacturing.
Baidu CEO Robin Li conducted a live video analysis with the participants of Wednesday’s Artificial Intelligence Conference, projecting it on a giant screen sitting in the passenger seat of a self-driving car in The roads of Beijing.
The episode generated online discussions, with some questions about whether Baidu was allowed to conduct the test, while others said the car appeared to violate traffic regulations.
Another line praised the test. “This bill, if issued by the police, will certainly be historical,” one wrote.
“The importance of IA Taiwan is evident through its semiconductor business. At present, they have the opportunity to enter the sphere of AI, and Taiwan must seize this opportunity,” said Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang- Gee at a press conference in Taipei.
While mainland Chinese companies such as Baidu Inc. have made large investments in IA applications, Taiwan hopes to offer the technology to these companies in the future, Chen said.
Taiwan will build three to four innovation centers and try to work with domestic and international technology companies, including Nvidia Corp., a leading IA chip company.
The funding will also help attract talent for research and engineering, both inside and outside the island, Chen said.