Yesterday night, Baidu held a three-hour digital keynote to kick off its Baidu World 2020 convention. Along with voice-activated earbuds dubbed the Xiaodu Pods, the corporate showcased the latest era of its pure language processing platform, DuerOS, and its PaddlePaddle machine studying improvement framework.
PaddlePaddle and Baidu Mind
The newest beta launch of PaddlePaddle — PaddlePaddle 2.0 — makes substantial modifications to the underlying API construction. Baidu says the listing format has been optimized to raised help high-level API features, with scaffolding for mixed-precision coaching underneath a dynamic graph. (Blended-precision coaching is the mixed use of various numerical precisions in a computational methodology.) There’s a complete of 140 new APIs, 155 modified or improved APIs, and upgraded C++ APIs for the framework’s inference library.
The PaddlePaddle upgrades dovetail with the discharge of Baidu Mind 6.0, the latest model of Baidu’s machine studying platform supporting AI industrial functions. The corporate says that Baidu Mind now boasts greater than 270 core AI capabilities utilized by over 2.three million builders, together with an API improve that allows AI fashions to be deployed extra effectively.
Xiaodu Pods
Baidu additionally unveiled Xiaodu Pods, dual-microphone earbuds imbued with the corporate’s Xiaodu assistant that final a claimed 28 hours on a cost. The wi-fi Xiaodu Pods have a noise-canceling function and may translate between a number of completely different languages, and by way of Xiaodu, they relay data just like the climate, turn-by-turn instructions, solutions to math issues, and native information on command. A particular “Wandering Earth” mode out there in English and Chinese language permits two customers sporting one earbud every to translate conversations into their most well-liked languages in actual time.

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DuerOS 6.Zero arrived in tow with the Xiaodu Pods, the newest suite of instruments builders can use to plug Baidu’s voice platform into audio system, fridges, washing machines, infotainment techniques, and set-top bins. DuerOS 6.Zero brings help for low-power voice processing chips and neural beamforming, a method that employs algorithms to amplify the sound recorded by microphone arrays. Voice recognition error charges are actually 46% decrease in contrast with DuerOS 5.0, Baidu claims, and DuerOS 6.Zero incorporates a extra environment friendly text-to-speech mannequin (WaveRNN).
Baidu mentioned that over 60 automakers and greater than 40,000 builders are working to combine merchandise with DuerOS. As of March, DuerOS was dealing with 6.5 billion voice queries per thirty days and three.three billion from Baidu’s Xiaodu good audio system and shows alone. And as of July 2019, the platform was on 400 million gadgets; in 500 automobile fashions (and over one million autos); and over 100,000 lodge rooms.
DuerOS hasn’t fairly reached the storied heights of Amazon’s Alexa and Alexa Voice Service — they’ve greater than 100,000 third-party apps and 1000’s of manufacturers signed on, to not point out compatibility with 60,000 good house gadgets. However Baidu, which claims DuerOS now has over 4,000 third-party apps, continues to work with heavy hitters like Huawei, Vivo, and Oppo to construct DuerOS into future flagships and with automakers comparable to BMW, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Chery, BAIC, FAW, and Byton and lodge chains like InterContinental.
In an indication of its ambition, Baidu this summer season inked a strategic partnership with Midea, China’s largest good gadget producers with 70 million good house home equipment available on the market, to promote bundles of home equipment with Xiaodu merchandise. Sooner or later, Xiaodu-powered gadgets will be capable of management Midea home equipment both by way of the cloud or infrared tech.
Past PaddlePaddle 2.0, DuerOS 6.0, and Baidu Mind 6.0, Baidu introduced new developments relating to Apollo, its open supply full-stack software program answer for driverless autos. The corporate revealed that Weltmeister will launch a automotive incorporating Apollo’s valet parking in 2021 that may be capable of establish vacant parking slots in parking garages and permit individuals to make use of Tesla-like autonomous parking and good summon features. As well as, Baidu confirmed off what it calls 5G Distant Driving Service, a teleoperation service that permits human operators to remotely management a number of autos concurrently within the case of emergencies. Baidu says all operators have accomplished over 1,000 hours of cloud-based driving coaching to deal with most highway circumstances.
The fifth era of Baidu’s autonomous driving equipment shall be launched quickly, the corporate mentioned, alongside the newest model of Apollo: Apollo 6.0. As of as we speak, Apollo has over 600,000 strains of open supply code, 45,000 contributors, and 210 ecosystem companions. (That’s up from 400,000 strains of code, 12,000 contributors, and 130 companions in July 2019.) Notably, Baidu just lately launched its personal robotaxi service leveraging the Apollo platform — Apollo Go Robotaxi — in Beijing with roughly 100 pickup and dropoff areas overlaying residential and enterprise areas in Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi.