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China's Pony.ai and Baidu pile up self-driving miles in California

Gap with American rivals narrows in road tests, with R&D focus in both countries

Baidu leads the Apollo open-source platform, with Ford among its partners. (Photo courtesy of the two companies)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Chinese developers of self-driving technologies have gained ground on top American rivals in California road tests as Pony.ai and Baidu log sharp increases in distances driven for 2019.

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