Custom Robotaxi from Baidu


Baidu Apollo has released their own custom robotaxi plan. This one looks more like a regular minivan/custom taxi, but its steering wheel, there only for compliance purposes, is designed to be removed when the law allows, and that opens up the interior. They also say they can make it for about $37,000.

For more details see my story at Custom Robotaxi from Baidu


In the next 5 years, given the current status of development in the AV industry, is any major disruptive force possible in the AV industry?

RSS development slowdown - release 4.5.1 is last release Nov 2021

intel dot github dot io/ad-rss-lib/

The following parts of RSS are NOT implemented in this release of the library software:

Longitudinal or lateral evasive maneuvers as defined by RSS; and
Intersections without a lateral conflict.

Will VW's Cariad use ARM or Risc-V cores when Cariad begins in-house design of it's own silicon down the road?

The new Horizon Robotics JV with VW/CARIAD for full stack ADAS solution for China uses Journey 5 chip with ARM cores. This means ARM is in new Cariad solutions for new stacks for Europe/US with Qualcomm and Journey 5 for China.

And Nvidia and Mobileye are losing more business in China to Horizon Robotics.

NIO considering switch to Journey 5 from Nvidia, and BYD and SAIC are now using Horizon Robotics.

Apple has been hiring RiscV programmers.

JIDU officially released the limited edition of its first-ever robocar, ROBO-01 Lunar Edition, priced ~ 55,253 USD. JIDU announced an additional 1,000 units available for order after the first 1,000 units were booked out in Sep.

JIDU is the first intelligent car brand to apply Apollo's full set of AD capabilities and safety system. ROBO-01’s advanced intelligent driving system includes Point-to-Point Autopilot (PPA) designed to handle highway, city street and parking scenario.

2 LIDAR, 5-millimeter wave radar, 12 ultrasonic radars, 12 HD cameras

Apart from the Lunar Edition, ROBO-01’s standard edition will also be released soon. The delivery of the two editions will begin in 2023. In the meantime, the exterior design of JIDU’s second robocar is scheduled to make its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in 2022.

With as few as six cameras and one millimeter wave radar and by using a single Horizon Robotics Journey 5 processor, Pony AI has created an all-in-one high-performance, cost-effective solution without a reliance on HD maps for Navigate on Autopilot (NOA) on highways.

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