Baidu defends driverless cars after fatal Uber crash
CEO Robin Li compares coverage of crash to “man bites dog” story
“On average, 500 people die from traffic accidents [caused by human drivers] a day. But we rarely read this in the news. While the first accident involving an Uber autonomous driving car made quite a stir, it is to some extent mainly because ‘man bites dog’ makes news,” said Li.
Baidu is building a platform for self-driving cars called Apollo, which the company compares to Android -- an operating system that runs across multiple devices. The company says mass production of a driverless bus built on its platform will begin in the next few months.