China’s Comfortable (But Risky) Sleeper Buses
Chinese internet giant Baidu announced that it will supply the Japanese company SB Drive with Apolong unmanned buses.
The 14 local buses use the Apollo system, which Baidu originally developed with Ford, Honda and others. The system has the fourth level of autonomous control, providing completely independent movement and handling of all standard road situations. Under the current contract, the Internet giant will supply 10 Apolong buses to Japanese partners in early 2019.
The equipment will be manufactured by King Long. At the moment, Baidu has already produced 100 vehicles, most of which will carry Chinese passengers, but, based on the latest statements, it is planned to enter the markets of other countries..
Japan has long been interested in unmanned public transport, but so far only China is engaged in their production. The interest is caused not only by concern for the environment, but also by road safety, as experts predict that an autonomous control system will be better than a person to cope with management..
Recall that, according to preliminary estimates, in 2027 there will be 50 million smart cars on the roads..
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: The Verge, video: Appollo auto