China's Baidu shook hands with two German firms to make self-driving cars

China's Baidu shook hands with two German firms to make self-driving cars
The Siliconreview
07 June, 2017

Popular Chinese web Services Company, and also a specialist in artificial intelligence (AI) in a recent move has partnered with two German companies in order to construct self-driving systems and vehicles.

According to a fresh buzz, China's Baidu will lend a supportive hand to two German firms - automotive dealers Bosch and Continental AG in smart - on self-driving systems and vehicles, smart transportation and the Internet of Vehicles.

During a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's to Germany recently, some strategic agreements were inked. The agreements were aimed to control China's AI technologies with German automobile expertise to upgrade the transport industry.
The Application of AI technologies posses a huge latent for powering the social development, and the smart automobiles sector is one of the most promising, Lu Qi, Baidu vice chairman, said.

"Apollo" introduced by Baidu in the month of April, is an open, totally dependable software platform for the automotive and autonomous driving industry.

The investment in the R&D for the autonomous driving technology is been done by the Chinese since 2015. Several successful road tests has been conducted for its completely autonomous cars on the highways and also on the roads of Beijing in late 2015 and completed the open trial operation of its autonomous car fleet in late 2016 at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province.