Chinese language Internet company Baidu released two separate collaboration deals on Thursday night with top German car suppliers Robert Bosch and Continental AG to co-develop autonomous travelling technology and smart freedom services.
The two bargains underscore the influx of global partnerships being created in the fast-moving autonomous vehicle sector, which requires both competencies of traditional car suppliers and the ones of technology companies seasoned in manufactured cleverness, robotics and other highly technological software.
The collaborations also indicate the value of partnerships between American carmakers and motor vehicle suppliers and companies located in China, the major automotive market on the globe. China released a self-driving “roadmap” this past year, looking to have highly or completely autonomous vehicles on the market as soon as 2021.
Also on Thursday night, Daimler and its own Chinese jv partner BAIC Motor unit Corporation decided to up grade the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant in Beijing to make electric vehicles. Baidu and Bosch will explore business models and speed up the commercialization of solutions, Baidu said in a assertion. The assistance “gives the Chinese motor vehicle industry a tone of voice in the introduction of core solutions of automated traveling,” Baidu said.
Continental, which declared its relationship with Baidu on Thursday, said both companions plan to develop systems, products and business models that provides solutions for automatic driving, linked vehicles and sensible range of motion services. In Apr, Bosch said it was dealing with Baidu and home mapping organizations AutoNavi – possessed by Alibaba Group Positioning Ltd – and NavInfo Co. on mapping assignments for self-driving automobiles.
Baidu said on Thursday night that it could continue to use more manufacturers through cooperative models. Reuters