Baidu will test autonomous cars on public roads in California

Baidu was granted a permit to test autonomous cars on public roads by the California DMV. The Chinese company has an office in Silicon Valley working on the technology, and plans to start testing "very soon."
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Smartphone speech recognition can text 3 times faster than you can type

In a challenge pitting human texters against a cutting-edge speech recognition algorithm, the computer not only won -- it was three times faster than humans typing the same message. Impressive, right?

Velodyne just got $150 million from Ford and Baidu to develop its lidar tech

What could possibly bring an American car manufacturer and a Chinese search engine giant together? Self-driving car technology, of course. Ford and Baidu have raised $150 million to drive development of Velodyne's lidar sensors.
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Baidu's AI Composer translates famous artworks into melodies you can listen to

Dubbed the Baidu AI Composer, the algorithm uses image recognition software -- supported by what the company calls “the world’s largest neural network” -- that translates the content, tone, and mood of particular images into…

Baidu’s food app Nuomi is like a supercharged, AI-enabled Yelp

What's to be done if the appetizer and entree taste like they've been prepared on two different planets? Baidu has an answer -- later this year, Baidu's Nuomi app that lets people review not only restaurants, but individual dishes as well.

China’s Baidu, Changan enter the autonomous vehicle fray

The race towards driverless technology is now seriously burning up the pavement. The international competition is on like never before as China pursues the development of its very own autonomous vehicles.

Baidu can use map data to give early warnings about dangerous crowds

Baidu, China’s version of Google, is making the case that it can use queries made on its maps service to predict areas where overcrowding may put people at risk for fatal accidents.

Self-driving buses are next on the docket for Baidu

Self-driving cars are so 2015. According to a Reuters report, Baidu plans to have self-driving buses on the road in the next three years, and hopes to be mass producing them within five years.

Move over Google, Baidu just introduced its own driverless car

Baidu informed the Wall Street Journal that its autonomous car "has successfully completed rigorous, fully autonomous tests on one route with mixed roads under a variety of environmental conditions."

Amazon partners with Baidu to launch Fire Tablet in China

Amazon has announced that it will launch its inexpensive Fire Tablet in China, partnering with Baidu to import local apps onto the device. It is one of Amazon's first hardware moves in the country, as it tries to compete with local…
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Google Play app store returns to China

After leaving altogether in 2010 following a highly publicized censorship battle, Google may be returning to China with the Google Play app store, pitting itself once again in a head-to-head battle with Apple for market dominance.
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‘Smart chopsticks’ from Baidu let you check the safety and quality of your meal

Although smart eating utensils aren't likely to take off in the same way as smartphones did, this hasn't stopped Baidu from developing a set of 'smart chopsticks' capable of checking the safety and quality of the food on your plate.