Chinese search giant Baidu announced Tuesday an open autonomous driving platform dubbed “Project Apollo” in an attempt to build a more collaborative ecosystem in the self-driving industry.

Named after the lunar landing program, the new platform encompasses hardware and software and aims to speed up self-driving car development and create cooperation between automotive and autonomous driving companies.

The “Apollo” project provides a complete hardware and software service solution that includes a vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud data services. Baidu will open source code and capabilities in obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, vehicle operating systems and other functions, as well as a complete set of testing tools, according to the company’s statement.

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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.