Baidu has switched from the BMW-3 to a Chery EQ electric self-driving car
Baidu’s plan to introduce self- driving cars as a consumer reality by the year 2018 has just switched gears.
The company has opted to change from the modified BMW 3-series test vehicles and go for the Chery EQ; an all-electric car which was designed for the Chinese market.
Without any modifications, the small EV can be driven for about 120 miles when fully charged. It is Baidu’s intention to use it for testing its driverless technology in China.
The Chery EQ is smaller than Baidu’s self-driving BMW car but not as small as Google’s self-driving pod. It is also a lot cheaper because it goes for about 59,800 Yuan ($9,000) after cashing in the government incentives.
However, don’t expect the car to be available in the United States because if Baidu ever decides to bring it to the U.S, it will most likely have to partner with another automotive company based in the U.S.