Baidu’s Head Of Autonomous Driving Unit Resigns To Establish His Own Start-Up

Wang Jing (pictured), formerly a vice president at Baidu Inc. and head of the company's Autonomous Driving Unit, announced during an industry conference in China that he would leave the company to start his own start-up, according to Chinese media reports.

He said his start-up will focus on autonomous driving vehicles, and has received investment from Aplus, an investment firm founded in 2014 by the founder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. Yu Minhong. He did not disclose financial details of the investment.

The news follows the departure of two key AI executives at Baidu, including the Chinese search engine giant's chief scientist Andrew Ng and another AI expert, Zhang Tong. Ng said he would seek new challenges in AI, while Zhang Tong was appointed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. as the head of its newly established AI Lab.

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