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A BMW that drives itself? This is what the Chinese group Baidu claims to have achieved. Specializing in Internet services, the company which notably publishes the main search engine in China, announced it on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. More precisely, it would have managed to run two BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo prototypes independently. The models have reportedly been tested successfully on several Beijing roads, in cities and on highways.
For the moment, little information is still available, but this announcement confirms the ambitions of the Chinese firm in the market of autonomous cars where other giants of the Web have launched themselves. Moreover, it has set up a new unit specially dedicated to the development of autonomous vehicles. As a reminder, the group unveiled its ambitions last year.
Despite this success, the road will not be smooth for Baidu. Google has been working since 2009 on an autonomous car project. Sure the project website, the Mountain View firm even said this summer that its vehicles have already been tested over 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers). Google is developing its own vehicle but has also presented a device that can be installed on models from other brands.
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