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Driverless Cars to Operate on Public Roads In Next Few Years, Baidu CEO Says

Baidu tests driverless cars in Jiaxing, East China’s Zhejiang province, in October 2016. Photo: VCG
Baidu tests driverless cars in Jiaxing, East China’s Zhejiang province, in October 2016. Photo: VCG

Driverless cars will operate on public roads within five years, and people will discover they are safer than human-operated cars, said the CEO and co-founder of Baidu Inc., often called "China’s Google," during the 2018 China Development Forum in Beijing.

Economic growth driven by the “Internet Plus” policy — referring to a strategy to integrate mobile internet, cloud computing, big data and the internet of things with modern manufacturing — is hitting a wall, and China will need to look for new drivers such as artificial intelligence (AI) to maintain momentum, Robin Li said.

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