The race for self driving cars took another smart turn for China’s search engine giant Baidu after it partnered with Robert Bosch and Continental AG.
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According to reports, Baidu will be leveraging its experience in machine learning and computer intelligence tech, while its new partners within the industry will focus on spurring the hardware component and systems integration piece of the autonomous systems picture.
Baidu and Bosch will explore business models and accelerate the commercialization of technologies, Baidu said in a statement. The cooperation “will give the Chinese automotive industry a voice in the development of core technologies of automated driving,” Baidu said.
Continental AG announcing its partnership with Baidu said both parties intend to develop technologies, products and business models that will provide solutions for automated driving, connected vehicles and intelligent mobility services.
The collaborations also point to the importance of partnerships between Western carmakers and automotive suppliers and companies based in China, the largest automotive market in the world.
China has issued a road map on self driving cars hoping to achieve highly or fully autonomous cars by 2021.