China’s Baidu Hits the Gas in Race to Develop Driverless Cars

ENLARGE A Baidu autonomous car at the company’s headquarters in Beijing in January. Photo: Bloomberg News By Chuin-Wei Yap Chuin-Wei Yap The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @YapCW Google+ March 3, 2016 4:00 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS BEIJING—Chinese Internet search giant Baidu Inc. is investing in a growing collection of patents and stepping up field tests in its quest to develop autonomous cars, a race that pits the company against global technology heavyweights, its Chief Executive Officer Robin Li said on Thursday. The venture for the driverless vehicles, which can be remotely summoned and directed, relies heavily on artificial intelligence, a strategic direction in which Baidu has invested heavily. “Artificial intelligence will continue to be an unceasing core for Baidu innovations,” Mr. Li, also Baidu’s chairman, said on the sidelines…

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