CES 2018: Baidu brings its latest AI technologies, including autonomous driving platform Apollo, conversational AI platform DuerOS

Baidu Inc. announced Wednesday that it will showcase its AI technologies, products and a partner ecosystem built around the company’s open and comprehensive AI platforms at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas.

Leading off Baidu’s array of activities at CES 2018 is the Baidu World launch event on Jan 8 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas, where Qi Lu, Baidu’s Vice Chairman, Group President and COO, and various senior Baidu executives and industry partners will take the stage to announce new and advanced versions of the Apollo open autonomous driving platform and the DuerOS open conversational AI platform. Apollo provides a comprehensive, secure, and reliable all-in-one solution that supports all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. Apollo 2.0, the latest version, will enable cars to drive autonomously on simple urban roads.

In collaboration with its partner, Baidu is also set to launch a brand-new AI hardware powered by DuerOS, China’s conversational AI platform that is enabling a growing community of third party hardware from over 130 partners.

Raven H, a smart speaker with its design and technology, will also make its US debut at CES 2018, following its initial launch at the Baidu World conference in Beijing in November.

Baidu announced total revenues in the third quarter of 2017 were RMB 23.5 billion ($3.53 billion), a 29 percent increase from the corresponding period in 2016. Mobile revenue represented 73 percent of total revenues for the third quarter of 2017, compared to 64 percent for the corresponding period in 2016.

“In the third quarter, we made good progress in our strategic pillars to strengthen our mobile foundation and lead in AI,” said Robin Li, Baidu’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “On strengthening our mobile foundation, our strategy to leverage Baidu’s leading AI technologies to increase the user scale and user stickiness of Mobile Baidu is showing measurable results. On our AI initiatives, we continue to focus on developing platforms for smart device and autonomous driving markets, as well as leveraging AI into vertical sectors, such as financial services.”

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