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Baidu unveils self-driving bus and its next-gen AI chip

China’s multinational technology company Baidu revealed the first 100 of its next-gen Apolong self-driving buses along with its multi-functional AI chip in a promotional presser in Baidu Create 2018 in Beijing on Wednesday.

Robin Li, CEO of search giant Baidu, speaks near an image of the Apolong, China's first L4 fully autonomous bus, during the Baidu Create 2018 held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The event seeks to connect developers, businesses and individuals to the AI resources of the Chinese search company. (AP Photo)

Baidu’s Chairman and CEO Robin Li showcased the bus to more than 6,000 attendees as he livestreamed footage of prototypes rolling off the production line.

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"Apollo will change the car industry and will change human life," said Li as he touted the bus’s versatility in high-risk environments.

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Robin Li, CEO of search giant Baidu, speaks near an image of an AI-focused chip designed in-house during the Baidu Create 2018 held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The event seeks to connect developers, businesses and individuals to the AI resources of the Chinese search company. (AP Photo)

 

During his keynote speech he also announced Kunlun, China's first cloud-to-edge AI chip.