True to its promise, Baidu has released the Ernie Bot large language model (LLM) and generative AI product. Ernie Bot is claimed to excel in areas such as understanding Chinese language and culture, generating literary […]
Baidu to debut its own ChatGPT in March
Students love it. Teachers, maybe, depending on whether they are a user or a marker. ChatGPT has been the talk of the town since its introduction in November. The AI chatbot has transformed the way […]
Baidu launches first superconducting quantum computer
Baidu has introduced Qian Shi (乾始), its first superconducting quantum computer that fully integrates hardware, software and applications. Located at Baidu’s Quantum Computing Hardware Lab in Beijing, Qian Shi incorporates its hardware platform with Baidu’s […]
Baidu rolls out next-gen robotaxi
Baidu has unveiled the Apollo RT6 next-generation fully autonomous vehicle (AV), which comes with a detachable steering wheel. Designed for complex urban environments, the fully electric vehicle will be put into operation on Apollo Go, […]
Baidu secures permits to offer driverless ride-hailing services
Baidu has received the first permits in China to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public on open roads in Beijing. Marking a significant milestone for the autonomous ride-hailing industry in China, the approval indicates […]
JiDU l4 autonomous vehicle to begin production in 2023
The first JiDU Automotive level 4 (L4) autonomous vehicle will be powered by the NVIDIA Drive Orin system-on-chip (SoC) and roll off the production line in 2023. Under the five levels of autonomous driving, L4 […]
Baidu gets nod for autonomous cars on Beijing open roads
Baidu has gotten the green light for commercial operation of its autonomous car service in Beijing. With its first-ever commercial deployment on open roads, Apollo Go is taking a step towards large-scale commercial operation. The […]
Baidu’s AI algorithm helps in COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Stemirna Therapeutics has leveraged Baidu’s LinearDesign AI algorithm to complete pre-clinical studies on mRNA vaccine sequences for COVID-19. According to the studies, the LinearDesign-based mRNA sequences significantly outperform benchmark sequences designed by traditional algorithms in […]
DeepWay reveals Xingtu heavy-duty truck
DeepWay has unveiled the Xingtu smart new energy heavy-duty truck with a computing power of more than 500 TOPS and ultra-long-distance sensing capabilities of more than one kilometre. The Baidu-backed company’s new vehicle is powered […]
Baidu trials robotaxis in Shanghai
Shanghai has become the fifth city in China to have Baidu’s robotaxis. The search giant is road testing the Apollo Go fleet from 9.30am to 11.00pm daily. About 150 stations will be opened in phases […]
Baidu rolls out Apolong II autonomous minibus
Baidu is rolling out the new Apolong II multi-purpose autonomous minibus in Guangzhou Huangpu District, China. Equipped with advanced autonomous driving capabilities and the latest in-vehicle smart cabin technologies, Apolong II is customisable for public […]
Baidu targets carbon neutrality by 2030
Baidu aims to use advanced technology and innovative mechanisms to minimise its ecological footprint to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030. Starting from 2020, the China search giant is eyeing to fulfill carbon […]
Baidu and Arcfox launch Apollo Moon robotaxis
Baidu has collaborated with BAIC Group’s EV brand Arcfox to launch Apollo Moon, a new generation of robotaxis that are set to be mass-produced at just one third of the cost of average L4 autonomous […]
Baidu and China Huaneng Group ink MoU on intelligent energy
Baidu and China Huaneng Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive the intelligent transformation of the energy industry. Under the MoU, the partners will collaborate on information technology, digital technology and other […]
Baidu rolls out MaaS platform in Guangzhou
Baidu has partnered with the Guangzhou Huangpu District government to roll out a multi-modal autonomous driving mobility as a service (MaaS) platform in Guangzhou, China. Utilising a fleet of more than 40 Apollo Robotaxis and […]
Baidu to make smart electric vehicles
Baidu will establish a company and partner with automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) to produce intelligent electric vehicles (EV). Baidu will provide intelligent driving capabilities to power the passenger vehicles for the new venture […]
Baidu gets first automonous driving test permits in Beijing
Baidu Apollo has received clearance from Beijing transportation authorities to put five of its fully driverless vehicles on road tests, making the company the first and only to get the permit to trial on Beijing […]
Baidu leads in AI patents in China
Baidu has as of October 2020 filed an astonishing 9,364 AI-related patent applications, of which 2,682 has been granted — the most of any organisation in China. Its the third year running that the search […]
Chengdu to advance next gen AI
Chengdu plans to make a strong push to advance next generation artificial intelligence (AI). The capital of China’s Sichuan province is working on developing an AI-centreed pilot zone. More than 100 billion yuan (US$15.2 billion) […]
Baidu targets US$3.6b JOYY purchase
Baidu has agreed to pay JOYY US$3.6 billion for its video-based entertainment live streaming business YY Live in China, which includes YY mobile app, YY.com website and PC YY. The transaction is expected to be […]
Baidu extends robotaxi service in Cangzhou
Baidu has extended its Apollo Go Robotaxi service to the downtown of Cangzhou, Hebei province. The is the first time that the service will be available in the heart of a city in China, marking a new era is the development of autonomous driving technology.
Chery to pop NVIDIA-powered ZP ProAI system into autonomous vehicles
China carmaker Chery has adopted the new ZP ProAI system, powered by NVIDIA Drive AI self-driving technology, for its autonomous vehicles. The move will bring Level 3 autonomous driving to the world’s biggest auto market.
China’s tech giants bet on NVIDIA Volta
China’s top technology companies are betting big on the NVIDIA Volta platform.
Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, and Tencent are incorporating NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators into their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures to accelerate AI for a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications.
At the heart of the new Volta-based systems is the NVIDIA V100 data centre GPU. Built with 21 billion transistors, it provides a 5x improvement over the preceding NVIDIA Pascal architecture P100 GPU accelerators, while delivering the equivalent performance of 100 CPUs for deep learning. This performance surpasses by 4x the improvements that Moore’s law would have predicted over the same period of time.
Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei are using the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture to offer Volta-based accelerated systems for hyperscale data centres. Using HGX as a starter “recipe,” original equipment manufacturer and original design manufacturer partners can work with NVIDIA to more quickly design and bring to market a wide range of qualified GPU-accelerated AI systems for hyperscale data centres to meet the industry’s growing demand for AI cloud computing.
AI to fuel next wave of cloud growth
The cloud infrastructure services market is continuing to grow strongly, up 47 percent year on year in Q2 to reach US$14 billion, according to Canalys. Growth was driven by demand for primary cloud infrastructure services, such as on-demand computing and storage, across all customer segments and industries.
However, future growth is expected to be fueled by customers using the artificial intelligence (AI) platforms cloud service providers are building to develop new applications, processes, services, and user experiences.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) maintained its leadership position, growing 42 percent on an annual basis and accounting for more than 30 percent of total spend. But its growth rate was lower than those of its main rivals, Microsoft (up 97 percent growth) and Google (up 92 percent), but higher than fourth-placed IBM (up 23 percent). Overall, the top four cloud services providers represented 55 percent of the cloud infrastructure services market, which includes IaaS and PaaS.
NVIDIA and Baidu team up on AI
NVIDIA and Baidu have teamed up to bring artificial intelligence (AI) technology to cloud computing, self-driving vehicles and AI home assistants.
Baidu will deploy NVIDIA HGX architecture with Tesla Volta V100 and Tesla P4 GPU accelerators for AI training and inference in its data centres. Combined with Baidu’s PaddlePaddle deep learning framework and NVIDIA’s TensorRT deep learning inference software, researchers and companies can harness state-of-the-art technology to develop products and services with real-time understanding of images, speech, text and video.
To accelerate AI development, the companies will work together to optimise Baidu’s open-source PaddlePaddle deep learning framework on NVIDIA’s Volta GPU architecture.
NVIDIA unleashes palm-sized AI computer for autonomous vehicles
NVIDIA has unveiled a palm-sized, energy-efficient artificial intelligence (AI) computer that car makers can use to power automated and autonomous vehicles for driving and mapping.
The new single-processor configuration of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI computing platform for AutoCruise functions — which include highway automated driving and HD mapping — consumes just 10 watts of power and enables vehicles to use deep neural networks to process data from multiple cameras and sensors. It will be deployed by China’s Baidu as the in-vehicle car computer for its self-driving cloud-to-car system.
DRIVE PX 2 enables car makers and their tier 1 suppliers to accelerate production of automated and autonomous vehicles. A car using the small form-factor DRIVE PX 2 for AutoCruise can understand in real time what is happening around it, precisely locate itself on an HD map and plan a safe path forward.
Baidu and NVIDIA team up on self-driving car
Baidu and NVIDIA are partnering to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to create a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for Chinese and global car makers. The partnership combines Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology with NVIDIA’s self-driving computing platform to develop solutions for HD maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking.
Baidu CEO Robin Li and NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the collaboration at Baidu World Conference in Beijing yesterday.
“We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car,” said Huang .