Baidu celebrates mini-bus production milestone

Autonomous mini-bus now in triple figures

baidu apolong mini bus

Alright, so most of the time when we cover a story about a production milestone we’re talking about the one millionth, or even ten millionth vehicle coming off the production line.

This time however the milestone is a lot lower, but perhaps no less significant.

Baidu, a Chinese start-up business has just popped the champagne corks to celebrate the production of its 100th 14 seat autonomous mini-bus.

Seen above, the vehicle is known as the ‘Apolong’, and it has just started volume production in a partnership with Chinese manufacturer King Long.

Baidu plans to launch the autonomous bus service in several Chinese cities, including Beijing, but they have their eyes on markets and applications outside of China.

The Apolong’s autonomous drive system (known as Apollo) is capable of Level 4 operations – meaning the vehicle takes care of the driving in certain conditions.

The buses will initially be deployed in tourist spots, airports and other controlled, or geo-fenced areas.

Check out the Baidu Apolong in operation:

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