Top search engine operator of China called Baidu Inc has joined hands with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group as well as with Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp to cooperate on areas related to artificial intelligence (AI) amid a push for self-driving cars in Industry. Under this collaboration, Geely and Toyota have joined Apollo, an autonomous driving system by Baidu.
Company will provide Apollo Minibus, a software product for autonomous bus vehicles, to Toyota’s e-Palette vehicles in the future as well as Baidu will work with the automaker to explore more uses of autonomous driving technologies, said Li Zhenyu, vice president of Baidu who is in charge of its intelligent driving unit. With Geely, the company will collaborate in AI applications such as intelligent connectivity as well as smart mobility,
Company’s CEO Robin Li and Geely Chairman Li Shufu stated at Baidu Create 2019, a yearly gathering where the company shows its advances in AI. Global automakers, large technology companies as well as start-ups are all engaged in self-driving efforts, but experts say it will be years before systems are ready to be rolled out.
China is a world leader in the auto market, is at the forefront of this push for automation. They are keen to have their own players to compete with global leaders such as Tesla and Waymo,
The self-driving arm of Google parent Alphabet. Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, have previously announced local guidelines for self-driving tests.