Baidu has announced a plan to test autonomous cars in the United States, and to build commercially viable cars by 2016, according to The Verge.
The Verge notes that Baidu previously announced a partnership with BMW to launch a car by 2016, and that plan did not bear fruit. So, caveat emptor.
The current plan is interesting however, because Baidu’s chief scientist, Andrew Ng, is on-record as stating that self-driving cars are not yet technically feasible. Ng, by contrast, has favored self-driving buses on well-defined and limited routes.