Chinese Baidu has unveiled a prototype of a robot car.

Chinese Baidu has unveiled a prototype of a "robot car"

Chinese IT giant Baidu has unveiled an unmanned “robot car” with a transparent roof and “zero gravity chairs.” The machines of the future will be at the same time “smart assistants and loyal companions” learning independently, the head of the company said.

Chinese IT giant Baidu has unveiled an unmanned “robot car” equipped with artificial intelligence. This was announced in a press release posted on PRNewswire. This is a prototype, and the company has not announced whether the car will be mass-produced, CNBC notes.

“We believe that the machines of the future will be robotic machines. They will drive on their own, act as a smart assistant and loyal companion at the same time, and learn on their own, ”Chinese billionaire Robin Li, co-founder and CEO of Baidu, said at the 2021 Baidu World Annual Conference.

Chinese IT giant Baidu has unveiled an unmanned “robot car” equipped with artificial intelligence. This was announced in a press release posted on PRNewswire. This is a prototype, and the company has not announced whether the car will be mass-produced, CNBC notes.

“We believe that the machines of the future will be robotic machines. They will drive on their own, act as a smart assistant and loyal companion at the same time, and learn on their own, ”Chinese billionaire Robin Li, co-founder and CEO of Baidu, said at the 2021 Baidu World Annual Conference.

The “robot car” will not just be a car, but also “a driver, secretary and personal assistant,” the press release said. The machine will “understand your speech, follow orders, and continually learn from you and improve to provide a more personalized experience,” Baidu said.

The car unveiled by Baidu is equipped with upward-opening doors and a transparent glass roof. There are no steering wheel and pedals inside, but there is a large smart display. The car also has “zero gravity seats,” Baidu said. The driver and passengers are positioned in them in such a way as to “minimize the influence of gravity,” writes the South China Morning Post. The car is also equipped with face and voice recognition technologies.

Lee’s vision is not limited to the vehicle on display, the press release said. At the conference, he also talked about the “era of autonomous transport 2.0”, which means the transition to large-scale commercial operations. The Apollo program, which is being implemented by the company, is paving the way to this stage, the message says. Baidu launched it three years ago and has invited dozens of machine and part manufacturers and technology companies to develop next-generation vehicles, the South China Morning Post notes.

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