Valeo Joins Baidu’s Apollo Self-Driving-Car Platform
Valeo SA has joined Apollo, the open-source platform autonomous car alliance led by China internet services giant Baidu Inc.
Valeo says it will contribute its expertise in sensor, including sensor cleaning systems, to the project.
The Apollo initiative is developing a suite of open-source features for self-driving vehicles that includes an operating system, cloud-based connectivity services and “reference” hardware.
The alliance was launched in June 2017 to speed the implementation of automated vehicles and compete against proprietary operating systems being developed others, including Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.
The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.