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AI-packed 'robocar' puts Baidu in the self-driving fast lane

Partnership with Geely to play major role as search business slows

The joint-venture plan is to unveil a concept at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2022 and start taking orders as early as later that year.

BEIJING -- The vehicle has no steering wheel nor a gas or brake pedal, but the AI-loaded concept dubbed "robocar" unveiled Wednesday by Baidu, the Chinese company best known for its search engine, showcases its advances in an eight-year effort to develop autonomous-driving technology.

The debut of the futuristic car coincides with Baidu's renewed push to produce electric vehicles through a joint venture with automaker Geely.

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