In April I had the great pleasure of visiting the Beijing campus of Baidu, China’s leading Internet company. Udacity is working together with Baidu on an upcoming free course that teaches how self-driving cars work through the lens of Baidu’s Apollo open-source software.
We got to see various Baidu self-driving cars, and we even played ping-pong. I went 1–1 in my ping-pong matches and was told I was the best American they had ever played against. They were the best Chinese opponents I had ever played against!
Baidu wrote up a blog post about the visit. It’s in Chinese, but I’m told the phrase, “self-driving car Internet celebrity” appears. My mother will be so proud 😜