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Baidu Announces the Opening of a Second Research and Development Center in Silicon Valley

/EIN News/ -- SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), announced today it has opened a second research and development facility in Silicon Valley as it doubles down its efforts to recruit global talent in the areas of AI and autonomous driving.

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Baidu's newly unveiled research and development facility.

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Several autonomous driving testing cars are parked inside the vehicle lab in Baidu's newly unveiled research and development facility in Silicon Valley.

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Located in Sunnyvale, the 36,000-square-foot building is currently being occupied by a division of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group (IDG) which works on the Apollo open autonomous driving platform and a division of the company’s Internet security deparment.

Going forward, the new site, which has capacity for 150 people and features a state of the art vehicle lab, will be used primarily for autonomous driving and Internet security related work. Baidu’s current facility will remain focused on forward-looking research in AI and data centers.

“Opening a second site is a natural progression as our teams grow and our recruiting efforts expand in the US,” said Ya-Qing Zhang, president of Baidu who also oversees the company’s operations in the US. “Silicon Valley is becoming increasingly important in Baidu’s global strategy as a base for attracting world-class talent, conducting leading edge R&D, and partnering with top universities and companies.”

Baidu is one of the first Chinese companies to set up R&D operations in Silicon Valley, and investing in R&D has always been a priority for Baidu, which allocates 15 percent of its revenue to R&D.  First opened in 2011, Baidu’s US office has grown from a small team of just a few people to a leading R&D center with 200 employees, developing cutting-edge technologies in areas including speech recognition and autonomous driving.

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