Baidu's latest autonomous car road test may have been illegal

From Engadget - July 6, 2017

In 2015, Baidu completed a full autonomous test of its self-driving car on mixed roads. Last year it began testing its vehicles on public roads in Wuzhen, China and was granted a permit to conduct tests in California. But in July of last year, Chinese authorities banned self-driving cars from the country's highways until regulations on the vehicles were put in place. However, those regulations still have not been set and from the video of Li's ride, it looks like he was on a highway.

But aside from whether Baidu was in violation of autonomous vehicle testing rules, the car's traffic maneuvers did not seem incredibly safe. In the video, which you can watch here, you can see the car move into a new lane even though there's a car very close behind it. And at one point the car begins to change lanes while another car is right next to it.


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