China's Baidu and German firms plan to make self-driving cars

China's Baidu and German firms plan to make self-driving cars

Baidu has also announced it has inked a deal with Continental Corporation for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in the area of automated driving.

Bosch has also been developing automated driving technologies since 2011, the company says.

Baidu's core technologies for automated driving include environment perception, behavioral prediction, planning and control, on-vehicle hardware, human-machine interaction, localization, and high definition maps.

Continental AG said in a statement on Wednesday that the two companies intend to develop technologies, products and business models that will provide solutions for "automated driving, connected vehicles and intelligent mobility services". The strategic cooperation will promote the interconnectivity of future automobiles and upgrade the intelligent systems of the automobile industry.

Baidu launched "Apollo" in April, an open, complete and reliable software platform for the automotive and autonomous driving industry.

Dr. Hoheisel said of the cooperation with Baidu, "China is the biggest automotive market in the world, and also among the leading countries worldwide in the development of the internet of things (IoT) and AI". The collaboration will further progress the development of intelligent mobility around the world.

Automated driving is a new trend in the automotive industry and has impacted the entire industry supply chain.

- Baiduhas two new German auto industry heavyweights on its side in the race to develop autonomous driving technology. We are pleased to have the opportunity to cooperate strategically with Baidu in this way.

In addition, automated driving is well aligned with China's economic and national strategy.

About Baidu Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. With driver assistance systems, the company generated sales of more than a billion euros for the first time in 2016, as well as winning orders worth 3.5 billion euros.