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Baidu-led alliance looks to turbocharge self-driving tech

Software platform may entrench search giant as artificial intelligence leader

An automated test vehicle from Baidu and BAIC Group.

BEIJING -- Chinese internet search leader Baidu has launched a consortium of around 50 major automotive and tech companies that aims to put fully autonomous cars on the road by 2020 -- a feat that could position the company as well as China itself as leaders in the cutting-edge technology.

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