China's Baidu Is Developing A Self-Driving Car

The search engine giant says the technology is “at a very early stage.”

So far, Google has dominated the conversation surrounding self-driving cars, but now China’s search engine equivalent Baidu has something to say: A rep for Baidu confirmed to Tech in Asia that the company is developing its version of a self-driving car, but it’s “at a very early stage.”

Baidu previously announced plans of creating self-riding bicycles, which makes sense as bicycles remain the predominant method of transportation in China. However, with automobile usage on the rise in China--not to mention the country remaining the world’s No. 1 producer of cars--Baidu’s investment in extending its research into autonomous transportation to automobiles is a shrewd, and not too surprising, business move.

[Car Door: Bogdanhoda via Shutterstock]

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