BIDU: Baidu Inc (ADR) Host Public Test of Self-Driving Cars in China

Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) is showing off its self-driving cars in a public test.

Baidu Inc (ADR), BIDU, Self-Driving CarsThe public test of Baidu Inc (ADR)’s self-driving cars is taking place at the World Internet Conference taking place in Wuzhen, China. There are 18 driverless cars at the events and the internet search company is letting some people take rides in them.

The World Internet Conference started on Wednesday and lasts for three days. During this time, Baidu Inc (ADR)’s self-driving cars will be traveling up and down Ziye Road for public tests. This allows passengers in one of the cars to take a short 10-minute ride.

Those testing out the new self-driving cars from Baidu Inc (ADR) have three different models to choose from. The first is a retrofit of BYD’s plug-in hybrid Qin, the second is a retrofit of Chery Automobile’s EQ and the final one is a retrofit of BAIC’s EU260, reports South China Morning Post.

The public test of Baidu Inc (ADR)’s self-driving cars has a driver accompanying the passengers. However, the drivers don’t have to keep their hands on the wheel. This allows them to play on their smartphones or grab a bite to eat during the tests, which helps show off how well the driverless car can handle the task.

The route the self-driving cars are taking is only about 2 miles in length. The cars also only have a max speed of 37 mph for the tests. Baidu Inc (ADR)’s driverless cars have shown they are able to switch lanes, stop at traffic lights and avoid pedestrians during the tests, Business Insider notes.

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