Baidu releases Apollo 5.0 with upgrades for ‘complex’ road scenarios

Beijing-based Baidu last week quietly released the latest version of Apollo, its open source full-stack software solution for driverless vehicles. Apollo 5.0 — which follows on the heels of Apollo Lite, the company’s vision-based framework that enables nearly fully autonomous driving under select conditions — introduces a number of new features, including an upgraded perception model for “complex” road scenarios and a bespoke sensor calibration service.

“Apollo 5.0 is an effort to support volume production for geofenced autonomous driving,” Baidu noted in the accompanying changelog on GitHub. “The car now has 360-degree visibility … making [it] more secure and aware.”