Baidu has taken the wraps off an in-vehicle infotainment platform CarLife, joining China’s escalating battle for car tech supremacy.

The Chinese search engine giant has teamed up with three top automakers Audi, Hyundai and Shanghai General Motors in manufacturing cars equipped with internet access and in-vehicle infotainment services. Hyundai plans to showcase its Sonata sedan compatible with Baidu software in April, according to Yonhap News Agency.

CarLife is a cross-platform connected car service compatible with mainstream on-board systems running on Linux, QNX or Android. For mobiles, the system supports both iOS and Android, covering 95% of smartphones (as claimed by the company). Users can connect their cars and smartphones via Wifi or USB cable.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.