Volvo said it is the first foreign car maker to collaborate this closely with Baidu. It was chosen for its safety credentials, which have included a maximum rating for its XC40 from the Euro NCAP.
Volvo added that it expects to generate a third of all annual sales from autonomous cars by the middle of the next decade.
Baidu’s Apollo platform features sensors, such as LiDAR, cameras, and radar, for more accurate perception of a vehicle’s surroundings; HD mapping using AI and machine learning; and a planning system that helps the vehicle adapt to changing traffic conditions as it drives.
It also features a “simulation” capability, which virtually drives ahead to work out the best driving scenarios based on road types, obstacles, traffic lights, speed limits, and more.