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01 06 2018 04

China’s equivalent to Google, Baidu, is about to begin serial production of electric shuttle buses that will self-drive in selected areas. And it is that autonomy behind that self-drive that may be Baidu’s concern rather than just making EVs themselves.

Baidu has been making advances in the EV market before when it invested in WM Motors for example. This time however, the internet giant of the People’s Republic is looking to produce its own electric vehicles, small buses in this case.

Together with King Long, they will make a first series of 100 such electric shuttle buses starting this July. Baidu says each bus will be able to carry 14 passengers, with 8 seated. They are to drive around confined areas such as airports, controlled by Baidu’s open source autonomous driving software, Apollo.

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