Contra Costa Transportation Authority announces Baidu as a Gomentum Partner
China’s search engine giant to test autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station
CONCORD, Calif. – Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) announced today that Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, joined CCTA and GoMentum Station’s growing list of international partners to test a fleet of its next-generation autonomous vehicles at GoMentum’s secure, 5,000-acre test site in Concord, California
“Baidu’s technology achievements go beyond developing search engine algorithms—the company is recognized as one of the global leaders in Artificial Intelligence,” CCTA Executive Director Randell Iwasaki said. “Artificial Intelligence will play a critical part in developing fully autonomous vehicles. As the managing entity of GoMentum Station, CCTA is proud to play a role in Baidu’s autonomous vehicle research and development objectives.”
GoMentum Station contains 20-miles of paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings and other urban infrastructure, providing a realistic environment that will help accelerate the development of automated and connected vehicle technologies. Baidu’s testing at GoMentum Station builds on the testing the company does regularly on public roads.
“The opportunity to test our vehicles at GoMentum Station will ensure that we’re putting only the safest autonomous driving vehicles on public roads,” said Jingao Wang, Senior Director, Baidu Intelligent Driving Group. “Its ability to offer mixed road conditions and various scenarios in a secure environment will provide our Apollo open autonomous driving platform with valuable data to further advance its technologies.”
Baidu is the latest international partner joining the increasing number of collaborators who are signing up to test autonomous technology at GoMentum Station. GoMentum Station was recently designated by USDOT as one of 10 approved autonomous vehicles proving grounds in the nation.
About GoMentum Station
GoMentum Station in Concord, California is where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority leads and facilitates a collaborative partnership among multiple automobile manufacturers; original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers; communications suppliers; technology companies; researchers and academia; public agencies and other partners. At GoMentum Station, technology, innovation and commercialization will converge to define the next generation of transportation network infrastructure. More information about GoMentum Station is available at gomentumstation.net
About The Contra Costa Transportation Authority
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts. CCTA is responsible for planning, funding and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable. More information about CCTA is available at ccta.net.
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. Baidu aims to make a complex world simpler for users and enterprises through technology. Baidu’s ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BIDU.” Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.
About City of Concord
Concord, California is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful Mt. Diablo. The city covers 31.13 square miles. With a 2010 census count of 122,067 residents, it is the largest city in Contra Costa County. For more information about the City of Concord, or the redevelopment of the Concord Naval Weapons Station, please contact Leslye Asera at 925.671.3272 or Leslye.Asera@cityofconcord.org.