Baidu Picks Chery EQ for Driverless Car Project
Chinese tech giant Baidu has unveiled an electric self-driving car. Although Baidu had been using a modified BMW 3-series for its self-driving car tests, the company has decided to use a modified Chery EQ - a small four-door hatchback manufactured in China.
The Chery EQ is a fully electric car. Baidu spokesperson has confirmed that the car is part of the company's fleet. The details of the deal between Baidu and Chery were not disclosed.
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The Chery EQ costs $9,000 and has a range of 120 miles. The car's low price tag is probably one of the reasons why Baidu chose it to be part of its fleet. There are reports that Baidu has ordered at least a thousand units of the Chery EQ to be added to its fleet. The company has released a photo showing a Chery EQ with a sensor tower on its roof along with Baidu's logo.
Baidu has revealed its plan to launch an online shuttle service in China by 2018. Although the company is yet to confirm this, analysts have said that the Chery EQ is the perfect vehicle for this type of project since it is small, silent, and has decent mileage.
According to Read/Write, Baidu has been working on its self-driving car project for a couple of years now. Last year, Baidu opened a research and development center in the United States and revealed its plans to roll out a driverless car by 2018.