Alibaba Joins Baidu And Tencent In China’s Autonomous Car Race

Alibaba has joined rival internet giants Baidu and Tencent—which are collectively known as BAT—in the artificial intelligence-driven industry. The company is looking to hire 50 more self-driving specialists for its AI research lab and is now running road tests of autonomous cars on a regular basis. The company has capabilities for open road trials with a goal of achieving Level 4 autonomous capability, meaning cars can self-drive in most conditions without human intervention.

Baidu, which was previously identified by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology as national champion in China’s efforts in developing self-driving cars, is also working on Level 4 capability.

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