January 31, 2023

The Chinese language on-line seek massive, Baidu Inc. unveiled its next-generation absolutely self sustaining car (AV) Apollo RT6, an all-electric, production-ready type with a removable steerage wheel. Designed for advanced city environments, Apollo RT6 will likely be put into operation in China in 2023 on Apollo Cross, Baidu’s self sustaining ride-hailing carrier. With a in line with unit value of RMB 250,000 (~$37,000), the coming of Apollo RT6 is ready to boost up AV deployment at scale, bringing the sector nearer to a long term of driverless shared mobility.

“This large value aid will allow us to deploy tens of hundreds of AVs throughout China. We’re transferring against a long term the place taking a robotaxi will likely be part the price of taking a taxi nowadays,” stated Robin Li, Co-founder and CEO of Baidu, at Baidu International 2022, the corporate’s flagship generation convention.

As Baidu’s 6th technology AV, Apollo RT6 is distinct from earlier generations that have been another way retrofitted on typical cars. The steerage wheel-free design unleashes more room to craft distinctive interiors, bearing in mind the set up of additional seating, merchandising machines, desktops, or gaming consoles. At 4760mm lengthy with a wheelbase of 2830mm, the rider-first Apollo RT6 delivers convenience with impartial rear seating, abundant rear legroom of 1050mm, a purely flat ground and an clever interplay gadget. The Apollo RT6 external includes a progressive glance that seamlessly integrates sensors at the sunroof along interactive lighting fixtures and clever electrical sliding doorways to additional strengthen the driving enjoy.

Apollo RT6 integrates Baidu’s maximum complicated L4 self sustaining riding gadget, powered through automotive-grade twin computing gadgets with a computing energy of as much as 1200 TOPS. The car makes use of 38 sensors, together with 8 LiDARs and 12 cameras, to procure extremely correct, long-range detection on both sides. The security and reliability of Apollo RT6 are subsidized through a large trove of real-world information, a complete check mileage of over 32 million kilometers (~20 million miles) pushed through Baidu’s AV up to now.

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Talking at Baidu International 2022, Zhenyu Li, senior company vp of Baidu and common supervisor of Clever Riding Team (IDG), stated the self sustaining riding capacity of Apollo RT6 is similar to a talented driving force with two decades of enjoy.

Apollo RT6 is the primary car type constructed on Xinghe, Baidu’s self-developed automobile E/E structure specifically for absolutely self sustaining riding. The car is 100% automotive-grade and has complete redundancy during each {hardware} and self sustaining riding device.

The introduction of Apollo RT6 marks every other milestone for Baidu to reach its function of offering more secure, greener and extra environment friendly mobility answers. As the sector’s biggest robotaxi carrier supplier, Apollo Cross has expanded to ten towns in China since its release in 2020, together with all first-tier towns, and supplied greater than 1 million orders.