Chinese web giants Baidu have announced their intentions to rival Google with driveless cars.
Baidu has announced that they will launch their first driverless car in the second half of the year.
Baidu had been working on the project for long now, but the launch date was unknown.
At China Cloud Computing Conference, Baidu's senior Vice-President Jin Wang said that the company will work with an unnamed car manufacturer.
The car will be designed on computer technology and will function on technologies such as big data, Baidu Map, artificial intelligence and Baidu Brain.
With Baidu Brain the car can simulate the thinking mode of the human brain.
With 20 billion parameters, Baidu Brain can store information and “think”.
Baidu also acquired a Finnish technology company in order to improve the accuracy of Baidu Map.
Previously, in order to enhance the accuracy of Baidu Map, Baidu acquired a Finnish technology company.
Google has been involved in self-driving tech since at least 2005 when Google engineer Sebastian Thrun came out with an autonomous car.
Considering the length of time needed for such artificial intelligence technology, it could be years before Baidu is ready to roll out a working prototype.
With Google already conducting trial runs of it's driverless car, Baidu has made the already hot-topic of autonomous car much more interesting.