Baidu Inc. has started showing off its innovation capabilities. The company has unveiled the world’s first multilingual translation robot. Baidu’s robot can speak multiple languages, conduct interviews, and does translation work with utmost precision, reports China News Service. The Beijing-based company showcased it at the 10th annual meeting of China’s electronic and information technology industry.
Named ‘Xiaodu,’ the robot helped the host interview international guests. Attendees at the event were surprised by its fast, accurate and fluent translation. Baidu combined its speech recognition and translation technology to give Xiaodu exceptional multilingual translation skills. The search engine company developed the robot in collaboration with Zhejiang University, Tsinghua University, and Harbin Institute of Technology.
Experts in the fields of artificial intelligence and computer translation praised the robot for its translation models and technology. Baidu said it will apply the technology in Xiaodu to “Baidu translation” and more than 7,000 third-party applications. Last month, Baidu CEO Robin Li said the company would launch a self-driving car by the end of this year.
The company has teamed up with automakers to develop an automated driving car in an attempt to challenge Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL). The U.S. search engine company plans to bring its autonomous car to the market in the next five years. Baidu says marrying traditional automobile expertise with cutting-edge technology can revolutionize the automobile industry.