Just days after founder and CEO Wang Jing stepped down, Chinese self-driving startup JingChi (景驰科技) joins Baidu’s Apollo as an official partner, 36kr.com is reporting (in Chinese).

Wang Jin, the former senior vice-president of Baidu’s autonomous driving unit, left Baidu in March 2017 to found JingChi. Last December, the Chinese search engine giant filed an RMB 50 million suit against Wang Jin for stealing self-driving trade secrets to compete against them and for violating non-competition rules by recruiting Baidu employees. Han Xu, CTO of JingChi and former Chief Scientist of Baidu’s autonomous driving unit, took over as CEO of the startup. Local media have speculated that Wang Jing’s departure has a large part to do with the ongoing lawsuit with Baidu.

After Wang Jing’s departure on February 26, Baidu has shown willing to move past the bad blood. Baidu spokesperson has told local media (in Chinese) that the company is dropping the lawsuit against JingChi. However, the suit against Wang Jing has already entered legal proceedings and the company cannot comment further on the matter. General manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group Li Zhenyu said in a statement: “Baidu Apollo open source platform fully embraces the new force brought by autonomous driving startups. Baidu hopes to lower the threshold for autonomous driving industry and become the innovation accelerator for outstanding startups like JingChi through its innovative open source platform.”

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.