Chinese search giant Baidu needs maps accurate enough that vehicles can safely get from point A to point B in its quest to build a self-driving car platform. Fortunately, the company has just forged a partnership with the state-backed ride-hailing service Shouqi.
Baidu will supply Shouqi with the tools it needs for both its existing business and driverless cars, as well as map services, its Apollo autonomous platform and its conversational AI platform DuerOS. In return, Shouqi will supply Baidu with high-precision maps. The company plans to begin producing autonomous self-buses in 2018, and it expects mass production of Level 4 vehicles (fully self-driving) with BAIC Group in 2021.