Baidu challenges Google with driverless car test

Baidu, China’s largest search engine, has joined the driverless car race, announcing on Thursday that its vehicle had completed a fully autonomous test on a route with mixed roads and different weather types. Often referred to as the Google of China, Baidu said the self-driving car, which is a modified BMW 3 series, completed a 30-kilometer test drive route by “executing a comprehensive set of driving actions and accurately responding to the driving environment”. With the test, Baidu is joining a host of technology companies looking to establish themselves at the forefront of developments in automotive technology.