Baidu’s self-driving program has a very, very long way to go before it catches up to Alphabet’s Waymo, according to the South China Morning Post. Citing data from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the Post report said Baidu’s autonomous cars needed human intervention every 41 miles versus only every 5,596 miles for Waymo.
That data sharply undercuts the hype that China’s racing ahead of the U.S. in deploying robot cars. Baidu has basically been anointed by Beijing as the flagship for autonomous cars and is seen as having the best tech in China. Judging from the data released by the DMV, that ship’s foundering.