Autonomous Driving Unit
The mission of Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Unit (ADU) is to develop vehicles capable of sensing and navigating without human input. Based in Beijing and in Silicon Valley, ADU is part of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group (IDG) headed by Dr. Qi Lu, Baidu’s COO and Group President, as the general manager. IDG combines Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Unit, Intelligent Vehicle Unit, and CarLife with a mission to accelerate auto industry upgrade in AI era.
ADU brings together a group of high caliber talent to work on audacious goals – commercializing autonomous driving by 2018 and achieving mass production by 2020. ADU is developing autonomous driving technologies at Level 4 automation, per the NHTSA definition. ADU leverages Baidu’s world-class capabilities in the areas of artificial intelligence, deep learning, big data, advanced hardware, and high definition maps.
Baidu began R&D on autonomous driving in 2014 with the belief that the technology can dramatically reduce traffic accidents, relieve traffic jams and improve transportation efficiency. In 2015, Baidu successfully performed road tests in China, where the vehicle handled various complex driving scenarios perfectly and reached the speed of 100 km/hour on the highway. In 2016, the research project graduated from the lab and ADU was created to focus on the technical and business challenges of autonomous driving.
On the business side, Baidu is forming strategic alliance with car manufacturers, tier one suppliers, insurance companies, and government entities. On the technology side, Baidu is building all aspects of capabilities, e.g., sensing, localization, perception, planning, control, operating system, simulation, security and related hardware components.
At ADU, you will be uniquely positioned to contribute to an exciting mission while learning new skills. Baidu provides one-on-one mentoring, internal training, and advanced software and hardware environments. By joining Baidu ADU, you can be part of the next industry wave.
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Signed with GoMentum Station for Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Oct 2016
Acquired California Autonomous Vehicle Test Permit in Aug 2016
Established Silicon Valley Office for Autonomous Driving Technology in Apr 2016