Earlier this year it was known that Baidu had signed an ex-director of Microsoft Qi Lu to lead in Artificial Intelligence Research, and now the company has unveiled the purchase of a US company in that sector.
Recently, Baidu has acquired xPerception, an American startup specialized in the world of Artificial Vision, which develops software and hardware that can be used in fields such as robotics and virtual reality.
The purchase agreement states that xPerception will continue with the development of its technology but integrated within the Baidu Research division.
The Chinese firm has stressed that the operation is part of a series of important investments that seek to strengthen Baidu’s position as a global leader in Artificial Intelligence.
XPerception will help Baidu in the development of visual reality technology for its Augmented Reality projects and its autonomous vehicle division.
On the other hand, it should be remembered that for Chinese companies it is not easy to buy companies in the United States because of the strict regulations that must be met.
Baidu CEO Robin Li stated that “in order to achieve our goals, especially in artificial intelligence, which is a strategic key that we will focus on over the next decade, we need to continue to attract the best in the entire world”. According to Li, with Dr. Lu on board, “we are confident that our strategy will be implemented quickly and Baidu will become a world-class technology company and a global leader in Artificial Intelligence.”