Baidu’s self-driving bus, Robobus, is on cusp of commercial operation
Published: Apr 12, 2021 05:46 PM

Photo: Courtesy of Baidu

Photo: Courtesy of Baidu

China's first self-driving bus project, launched by Baidu, officially landed in Yongchuan, in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, a milestone for China's commercialization of autonomous driving technology.

The Robobus is 5.9 meters long. As a self-driving bus oriented to open road operations, the bus would stop by itself, navigate complex urban road conditions and fully meet the needs of normal bus operation, according to the note sent to the Global Times. 

Robobus, the self-driving bus, has installed four radars, two-millimeter wave radars, and seven monocular cameras to help it detect various live information while driving.

The bus can receive real-time high-precision perception data of all traffic participants on the road and reflect the pedestrian, car and other information on the road, including blind areas that are invisible to the driver's perspective. 

On the inner screen, the traffic light changes and waiting time are forecast in advance, allowing vehicles to make accurate decisions and planning ahead of time and improve traffic efficiency.

The two-way mileage of the self-driving bus route that has been put into trial operation is about 10 kilometers. 

The base, which has been operational for more than two years, has become the base with the most abundant application scenarios and the largest scale of test vehicles in western China.