Self-driving vehicles in Dominica: China’s tech company Baidu open to help make this a reality (with videos)


Chinese multinational tech company Baidu is optimistic that in the not-too-distant future, they will be able to get their self-driving vehicles in Dominica, the Caribbean region, and other parts of the world.

Despite the differences in road networks, Elaine Yu, Senior Communication Specialist in the company’s marketing department, has expressed confidence in the vehicle’s intelligence that it will be able to adapt to the different infrastructure once the decision to export to markets outside of China has been made.

“At the company, we have what we call a smart map which can train the AI driver to earn from the human driver,” she stated to Dominica’s freelance reporter Ronda Luke during a site visit of the company in Beijing China.

She went on to say that Baidu’s new generation autonomous driving map has extensive features such as automatic production, real-time fusion, and knowledge enhancement. Questions about vehicle safety were also raised, and she pointed to several reports indicating that because self-driving vehicles can theoretically react faster than human drivers and don’t drive drunk, text while driving, or get tired, they should be able to dramatically improve vehicle safety.

Throughout the dialogue, she emphasized that getting the vehicles onto other islands is only possible if the various countries’ regulations approve of them. Importantly she pointed out that before these actions were made to get their automobiles on the road, various measures had to be implemented, and the same may have to be done with each country.

Baidu (BIDU) made its name as a massive search engine provider, but it has also long invested in self-driving technology in the world’s largest car market. In 2022, the business stated its aims to develop the world’s largest totally autonomous ride-hailing service region by 2023, owing to its rapid expansion as the world’s leading robotaxi service provider, with 1.4 million orders received by Q3 2022.

Since then, the business has stated its intention to broaden the operation region for Baidu’s fully driverless robo taxis, allowing it to reach more prospective customers.

Furthermore, Baidu announced several new technological breakthroughs, including an AI big model designed for autonomous driving perception, high-definition autonomous driving maps, a closed-loop autonomous driving data system, and the successful end-to-end adaptation of AI chips for autonomous vehicles.

Baidu has already been providing fully driverless ride-hailing services (with no human drivers in the automobile) in the cities of Chongqing, Wuhan, and Beijing, with access to hundreds of square kilometres of operation area.

Chinese automakers and technology firms have been preparing to compete in the global autonomous driving industry for several years. By establishing pilot testing zones across the country and pushing local enterprises to develop the sector, the Chinese government hopes to seize the worldwide lead in autonomous driving.

According to Renub Research, China’s autonomous car market is expected to reach $98.9 billion by 2030.

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  1. Tally Stata
    June 14, 2023

    Dominican’s buying the pile of dung deserve Skerro and his mind games. Self-driving vehicles are a joke. They are crashing all the time and the covering of that is intense. Just think logically, how can this ever work in Dominica, or anywhere else? It can, of course (kinda) if the vehicle is littered with cameras and sensors and a nerdy boy with a remote laptop connected to it, “drives” it. They did the same thing for the late Prof. Stephen Hawking whose last words were reputed to be a “Windows logout” chime :). See, it works, kinda :).

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  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 14, 2023

    You know Dominicans are just crazy, always talking fart!
    There are self driven motor vehicles all over America, some still in the developmental stages. I have a Mercedes Benz C63 V8 Twin Turbo top speed is 220 miles per hour, it’s equip with a semi-self driving parking system.

    That is if I am looking for a paring space, once activated and I am driving past parked cares and the radar detect a space, the car takes over control and maneuvers itself into the space.
    It is also equip with an emergency system, that if I am driving in the middle of nowhere and get into an accident, it will transmit an emergency signal leading paramedics to where I am.

    Earlier this year in blinding rain I hydroplane on the Freeway, into the center divider, the minuet I slammed into the concrete divider, a voice cut the Radio off and asked me ” are you hurt, and require the paramedics?
    There are all kinds of new technology, however, one should be guarded against Chines junk!
    Don’t buy their thing!

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    • Wesley Queen
      June 15, 2023

      Here we go again! What about your Ferrari and your Rolls Royce? Man get out of here you are a pathetic bragger and attention seeker. You just can’t help yourself. Get out of here!

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      • Wesley Major
        June 16, 2023

        Mr. Telemakak can’t even walk properly anymore but driving Mercedes C63! Mister keeps making a complete fool of himself.

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  3. Annon
    June 13, 2023

    Are you kidding me???? And donkeys can fly too!

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    • me
      June 13, 2023

      Have you forgotten the calypso.
      You just start to see…

  4. Lin clown
    June 12, 2023

    Well Ibo, Lin has lived in the USA for a number of years,and goes all the way with MEME and me.Only a Jacka in your pack does not know you are thinking back to front.Anybody who supports you is an ahole just like you.There are robots havesting oranges,and they know the difference between a mature one and one that is not mature.MEME is just starting to find out that you braincells are no longer functioning.You have spent too much time on Rikers Island in New York.The world is living you behind.

  5. If we knew better
    June 12, 2023

    absolute nonsense. Electric cars yes, once we have the technicians and charging stations. But self driving cars? All you looking for more problems than we already have. If one of them bounce me who do i take to court? When one of them decide it breaking entry, who going to stop it for it to reverse and go the right way? awa. Our streets to messy for that. u can imagine if you going airport in one, and it have road work on Imperial road? who going and tell the car to pass Warner? Or turn there and pass there instead?

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    • Frank N Stein
      June 13, 2023

      Pure ignorance in the public space. Why you guys insist on talking without information?

    • ???
      June 13, 2023

      @If we knew better
      Another extremely stupid comment. Can you stop that? NO!! You live in Dominica. You have no say in those changes happening around the globe. Stop your gibberish!!

    • ???
      June 14, 2023

      @If we know better
      ou are a preacher of doom and gloom. It may reach Dominica late, because we are LAST in everything, but its very stupid, even buffoonic of you to believe that it wont be here, because of all the things you mentioned.

  6. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 12, 2023

    I don’t see the “news” in this article. All companies manufacture their products for civilian users to be sold worldwide, so how is the story that China, which manufactures most of the consumer products the world buys, not expected to sell it’s self driven vehicles to the rest of the world. This wasn’t news.

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    • Ronda Luke
      June 12, 2023

      Sadly you’re mistaken. I’ve been to other companies here who also manufacture self driving vehicles and they’ve indicated that their target market is China, the other Asian countries or Europe.

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        June 14, 2023

        @Ronda Luke, you are sadly mistaken. Did the Chinese companies explicitly say they weren’t going to sell to Dominica? Also what is the size of the market share that China hopes to capture by targeting Dominica? Learn to read the tea leaves.

  7. Lin clown
    June 12, 2023

    I support MEME 100%.America has murdered more innocent men,women and children than any other country in the world,in the name of democracy.My only problem is when MEME supports a Jacka like IBO France.

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  8. PRO
    June 12, 2023

    WHYYY? so they can drive off a cliff?

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    • Eeeeeee
      June 12, 2023

      In your simple 1910 mind.

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      • RastarMarn
        June 12, 2023

        Do you really believe this technology will have a significant impact on the economy of Dominica???

        This is like putting a flushing toilet in your house without a septic system!!!

        Aright so yeah Dominica have a self driving car so now what!!!

        People still there in government housing and they have to be asking people to help them pay their Water and Light Bills you really think a Self driving car will make some significant impact in general???

        Sounds like you are the one in the 1910 mentality trying to put a horse before the carriage!!!

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    • Hello
      June 12, 2023

      So do you think cable cars will just drop you in a ravine or precipice?

      • PRO
        June 14, 2023


        Cable cars run on a simple pulley system. Autonomous vehicles run on software.

        90% of our roads in Dominica are built on cliffs. 90% of those cliffs have inadequate side rails. I can bet big money that at any given point in the day, there is a driver slowing down and pulling over to allow a bus or a larger vehicle to pass.

        Dominica’s road system is unique and even experienced drivers … on “their roads” have gone over a precipice.

  9. Channel 1
    June 12, 2023

    I want to know which of the two following ideas is the most MENTALLY INSANE:

    a. Promotion of self-driving vehicles on Dominica’s roads (which I doubt any self-driving artificial intelligence & software program can safely execute without burning out its servers/supercomputer systems :lol: :lol: )

    b. Promotion of electric vehicle usage in hurricane-prone, electrical-grid outage prone Dominica/Caribbean region


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    • Wingsntings
      June 13, 2023

      a) is more insane

      If your entire grid gets knocked out again, I doubt you’ll be driving anywhere since your roads and bridges will be impassable.

  10. Zara
    June 12, 2023

    it’s a fantasy, not going to happen with these narrow, twisting, zero stop lights roads we have in Dominica.

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    • Ibo France
      June 12, 2023

      You are so right! This is just a ghost promise to make headlines and dupe the unsuspecting and ignorant supporters.

      Dominica, a place wth meandering narrow roads and bereft of traffic lights. Only a fool will fall for this poppycock.

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      • Man bite dogs
        June 12, 2023

        You people are so backwards my life, self -driving
        vehicles is already being driven and tested on Motorways in the UK and Europe, so what is the problem maybe you people should get out of your little bubble and into the real world to learn what life is all about and not just seating on your backsides writing stupid comments on this forum .

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        • June 14, 2023

          Man bite dogs, how is Elizabeth? I have not read anything from her in months. Is she ok? I have missed her.

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    • me
      June 12, 2023

      Stupid comment!
      I never thought water would climb hill, i never thought a missile from Russia could kill people in the Caribben, i never thought i would one day stay home with my cellular phone and follow a class or lesson in America, and the list goes on and on and on.
      LEARN brother LEARN!!

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    • Pat
      June 12, 2023

      Ahh our few miles of roads can be mapped quickly with sensors, although landslides can render some areas unreliable. So they will start with Roseau area. Just be sure to get in early on the business side with just the electric cars, it can prove to be good business.

      • Wingsntings
        June 13, 2023

        They have been mapped very accurately. But, the roads that are currently eroding keep failing, there are new landslides frequently and flash flooding occurs often. So you’d constantly have to be mapping and the gov isn’t ready for that.

  11. TangledWeave
    June 12, 2023

    I love technology but there’s no way I trusting a self driving car on Dominica roads.

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    • MEME
      June 12, 2023

      @Tangled Weave
      Read well…..It will be tested not just in Dominica, but the rest of the Caribbean and the world.
      Whether you like it or not, according to the LIAR Skerrit “Chou Poule”, but that’s the future!! The world is moving on!!
      I can’t stop it, you can’t you stop it??

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    • Dominican Bwoi
      June 13, 2023

      I don’t even trust PEOPLE driving cars on Dominican roads. One wrong move & all of sudden you’re tumbling down a mountain :lol:

      Plus let’s not forget that many people drive with alcohol in their system in Dominica. Getting into somebody else’s car is like gambling with your life here

  12. Juanita
    June 12, 2023

    Self-driving cars made in China to be tested on never finished roads in Dominica built by the Chinese. I wonder what could go wrong?

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    • me
      June 12, 2023

      It shows how empty your head is. What spooked you was the term China. The Chinese are exquisitely brilliant people, and thats a joke, compared to what you will see in the future if you have long life…
      Planes will fly with no pilots too.

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      • ???
        June 12, 2023

        You are so correct. What get her hyper was the word “China”..
        Well yes my dear it’s China doing it? Do you hate China?

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      • Ibo France
        June 12, 2023

        What does China make that is durable? Let us assume that this plan bears fruit. Within a short space of time, the physical landscape of Dominica would be ‘decorated’ with derelict vehicles.

        Anything made in China and by the Chinese is defective, dysfunctional, made of the cheapest material and phony. Most of the apartment buildings the Chinese has constructed in Dominica have a plethora of deficiencies. Their electronic and electrical stuff and appliances confirm my concerns.

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    • Man bite dogs
      June 12, 2023

      Juanita, you are rather naive unsophisticated and lack of judgement, to write such a crap,as for the ones that gave you thumbs up out to have their heads tested.

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  13. Zandoli
    June 12, 2023

    DNO… realize this has nothing to do with Dominica, right!!

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    • Pipo
      June 12, 2023

      You are right. This article is from the pen of Ronda Luke, a so called free-lance journalist, based in Dominica, who has visited China, compliments of the govt. of that country. I wish DNO would provide clarity about their sources, for the public good so we can make up our own minds about China’s achievements. This article about a self steering car in Dominica does not do this. For a start we would need secured roads (guard rails) and adequate road furniture.

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      • me
        June 12, 2023

        The article clearly stated Dominica, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. Read and understand. You are too quick to criticise. It may well reach Dominica LAST!!
        You make no sense. Stop exposing your stupidity!

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  14. Bravo
    June 12, 2023

    See how the Canadian Visa-free program crash? So mind me with allu self drive computer brain. We had so much rejoicing that DA was not in the program,o la zor yay?

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  15. MEME
    June 12, 2023

    I just love this country!!
    KISSES💋💋💋💋💋to all the CHINESE people. I have never been ashamed to give effusive plaudits to the exceptionally bright and industrious CHINESE people…
    America spreads WAR across the world, China helps to improve the standard of living and quality of life of the people on planed earth!!

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    • Ibo France
      June 12, 2023


      You must have been one of the …… to believe this fantasy. Seems as though your brain has walked out your head and has not returned. Even Lazy Lin, Dog Biter, ds and counterfeit Putin don’t honesty believe such utopia.

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      • MEME
        June 12, 2023

        You are an embarrassment brother!!. A …… who thinks that the world will remain static. No advancement because a …… and shameless no brainer called Ibo thinks we are still in the stone ago. Go hide your ….. face under a pile of sand.
        Backward thinking, shameless pinhead!!

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      • Man bite dogs
        June 13, 2023

        Ibo, you are worng I am 100% for China, America including you are a disgrace hypocrites and liers.

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