On October 28, Chinese technology firm Baidu
Key features of Apollo Moon highlighted by speakers at the event included 5G remote driving, affordability, increased test-drive mileage and enhanced safety and user experience.
5G Remote Driving: Powered by China’s expansive 5G infrastructure, the technology enables remote human operators (all of whom have completed 1,000 hours of remote training) to assume control over the vehicles in case of emergencies. According to Wang Yunpeng, Baidu
Increased Test-Drive Mileage: The test-drive mileage of Apollo Moon has reached 18 million kilometers this year, tripling the number from last year. This, according to Wang, makes Apollo Moon “an experienced driver.” To put things into perspective, a human driver would need to complete a daily mileage of 100 kilometers for at least 500 years in order to cover 18 million kilometers of road.
Enhanced Safety and User Experience: In case parts of the vehicle malfunction, Apollo Moon is equipped with comprehensive redundancy features in its computing units, GPS system and chassis to ensure safety. In extreme weather conditions, Apollo Moon’s cameras and sensors can detect obstructions and clean themselves. As Baidu
The Experience: I was invited to try out an Apollo Moon Arcfox at an area right outside the industrial park. A fellow journalist hailed a car for us using an app, and we cruised alongside pedestrians, stopped at traffic lights and made some slow U-turns. The entire ride lasted for about two minutes, and we sat in almost absolute silence, trying to absorb the experience as much as we could. Watching the wheel spin itself almost felt meditative. Overall, the ride was smooth, pleasant, uneventful and indistinguishable from a regular ride.
I wonder if all of this would have been different if it had rained, or if we had had a slightly chattier AI voice assistant.