The Chinese internet giant is evolving into a major international player in AI and autonomous driving.
Partnerships with global players can give China access to talent and tech knowhow it lacks.
The brand has recently been revived as part of a national push to promote homegrown products.
Joining hands with Chinese tech giant Baidu, Beijing Environmental Equipment Company, a subsidiary of Beijing Environmental Hygiene Group, launched seven autonomous driving vehicles for urban environment cleaning, local media is reporting. Based on Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo, the seven autonomous driving vehicles launched on September 28 are designed to fulfill various tasks in urban city […]
The companies aim to develop level four autonomous driving capabilities.
The search engine giant plans to deploy a fleet of 100 autonomous vehicles in Changsha by 2019.
Daimler deepens ties with China’s Baidu on automated driving – TechCrunch
What happened: Baidu and Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, have signed a MoU to deepen their partnership in automated driving and vehicle connectivity services. Under the newly signed agreement, the Daimler will collaborate with specifically with Baidu’s open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo. The German automaker said it will integrate Baidu’s connectivity services into the Mercedes-Benz’s new in-car infotainment system.
Why it’s important: Chinese internet giant Baidu has evolved into a major player in autonomous driving technology since the launch of the Apollo platform last year. Up until now, the Apollo platform has formed partnerships with 119 companies worldwide. Daimler has been making inroads into China’s self-driving scene. The automaker was granted a license to test self-driving vehicles on public roads in Beijing earlier this month, becoming the first non-Chinese automaker to earn such a license.
Baidu’s Baidu Create: Artificial Intelligence Developer Conference was held at the National Convention Center in Beijing from July 4-5. During the first day’s event, Baidu made four major announcements. The tech giant said its self-driving minibus will enter mass production phase. New AI chip Kunlun aiming at cloud and edge computing in AI use cases […]
Tencent has obtained a license for road tests of intelligent connected vehicles from Shenzhen municipal government, our sister site has reported (in Chinese). Tencent said that the transportation bureau issued only one license this time. The company will begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads after the government designates the testing area. The Tencent Autonomous […]
Baidu and Ford Motor (China) on June 27 confirmed cooperation intention in frontier mobility fields including AI, connectivity, and digital marketing by signing a formal Letter of Intent (LOI). The cooperation is likely to utilize Ford Motor’s existing industrial advantages, manufacturing assets, and extensive professional networks to support Baidu’s ambition in autonomous driving and related […]