Visitors look at the Jidu Robo-01 electric SUV during the 20th Guangzhou International Auto Show at the Canton Fair Complex on December 30, 2022 in Guangzhou, China.

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BEIJING — Baidu A product similar to ChatGPT is set to appear in electric cars with driving assistants, startup Jidu said on Tuesday.

Jidu is powered by Baidu and Geely, uses Baidu’s Apollo system for automotive user interface and driving assistants. The startup plans to deliver its first car already this year.

Jidu plans to use Apollo with Baidu’s ChatGPT-like product, called Ernie bot in English, the startup said.

The combined technology aims to improve user interaction with the car, the startup said. So-called smart cars, such as the planned Jidu model, usually include voice control.

Last week, Baidu said it plans to complete internal testing of its Ernie bot in March before opening it up for public use. It remains unclear how the product’s capabilities compare to ChatGPT, which was developed by OpenAI with support from Microsoft.

Jidu opened its first physical store in Beijing on Tuesday.

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