Baidu Finds Partners For Self Driving Cars Project
Baidu, the Chinese internet giant has finalised its partnership with the leading automobile component maker, Bosch as the company seeks to intensify efforts in the self-driving cars industry. Baidu is on a spree to form such partnerships with it also roping in another vehicle parts producer, Continental.
The move from the Chinese internet giant has put Baidu in the same league as other internet companies, including Alphabet(Google), and other established carmakers like Ford and General Motors. Baidu’s announcements with Bosch and Continental came as Chinese
Baidu aims to get a certain share of the world’s largest car market in China; and the agreements with the two German manufacturers will help explore business models and accelerate the commercialisation of technologies; while providing comprehensive solutions that will create reliable systems for smart transportation having automated driving as the base.
The company had unveiled Apollo platform for autonomous cars at the Shanghai car show; if the platform finds success, as a result Apollo will provide Baidu with capabilities for competing with Google’s Android software.
Continental and Baidu are set to explore collaboration for sensor systems and software that will be used in partial and fully self-driving cars. However, Baidu seems to be late in the race for securing partnerships with major car component suppliers. It remains to see how Baidu will cover the time lost. While Baidu invested heavily in the early-stage artificial intelligence projects, its self-driving car division has suffered a lot of setbacks. This reason has been instrumental in getting Baidu to form partnerships.