Chinese company Baidu unveiled the Apollo computing unit, which they called “the world’s first production-ready” autonomous computer for transportation; it can already be used in the car. The small device is capable of processing huge amounts of data – from five cameras and 12 ultrasonic radars.
It is made on Xilinx processors, and the Chinese scientists also used microcontrollers from the chip manufacturer Infineon.
The device will begin to be used in Apollo Valet Parking – a system that parks a car without driver involvement. It will be launched in the second half of 2020, the researchers note that it is especially important during a pandemic when drivers will not be able to use the services of special valets. If the experiment turns out to be successful, then the computing unit will be introduced into cars that drive on public roads.
Baidu isn’t the only company working on such blocks. NVIDIA has already signed agreements with GM, Toyota, and others to create an even more powerful computing unit. However, Baidu will be the first company to start testing its device in the real world with restrictions.