The Chinese tech firm will sell off-the-shelf hardware to automate third-party cars.
Baidu has an open tech platform for self-driving cars
called Apollo, which allows developers to access training data and autonomy software for free.
At a meeting in Beijing on Friday, Baidu said it will sell a range of hardware called Apollo Computing Units that will plug into cars to run its software.
Why it matters:
Offering free software and charging for hardware is a savvy way to translate AI chops into profits. It could help Baidu out-Waymo Waymo. —Yiting Sun