Baidu is hoping to take its autonomous car project to the next level through a partnership with high performance chip maker Nvidia.

Baidu CEO Robin Li and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke together on stage at a Baidu event in Beijing last week. According to a blog post by NVIDIA, Baidu will contribute their cloud platform and mapping technology while NVIDIA will offer their self-driving computing platform and HD mapping solutions.

The partnership also renews the Chinese search engine’s competitive edge against local internet firm LeEco, which has been working on a similar cloud-based ecosystem for autonomous cars.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com