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Baidu Steers Into Self-Driving Car Venture With Partner

By Zhang Erchi, An Limin and April Ma
Four months after the launch of its “Apollo” program, Internet giant Baidu is preparing to roll out its first mass produced self-driving car in partnership with Anhui Jianghuai Motors in 2019. Photo: Visual China
Four months after the launch of its “Apollo” program, Internet giant Baidu is preparing to roll out its first mass produced self-driving car in partnership with Anhui Jianghuai Motors in 2019. Photo: Visual China

Baidu Inc. and state-owned carmaker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) have ambitions to launch a self-driving vehicle in two years.

Baidu and JAC, which originally specialized in manufacturing trucks and utility vehicles, plan to roll out a partially self-driving car by the second half of 2019, the two companies announced Tuesday at an event in Shanghai.

Mass production will begin once the car gains the necessary government approvals, they said.

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