Daimler and Baidu have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to deepen their partnership on connected and autonomous vehicles.
The companies will be working on joint automated driving and connectivity projects along with further strengthening their collaboration through Baidu’s Apollo open platform. The companies will also work to explore new fields in-vehicle connectivity services.
Daimler was one of the first partners to join Apollo, Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform launched in April 2017. In December 2017, Daimler became a member of the Apollo Committee, which pursues the goal of accelerating research on safer solutions in automated driving in China and promoting the drafting of related laws and regulations.
Earlier this July, Daimler became the first international automaker to receive a road test license for highly automated driving research vehicles (level 4) in Beijing. The test vehicles are based on Mercedes-Benz V-Class that are equipped with additional technical applications from Baidu Apollo. As of now, these vehicles have undertaken extensive testing at the National Pilot Zone (Beijing and Hebei) for Intelligent Mobility to qualify for the license.
According to the newly signed MoU, both companies will extend use cases and enrich scenario complexity both on approved public roads and dedicated proving grounds, with safety as their primary concern.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides also intend to launch a new joint project in vehicle connectivity, integrating further Baidu connectivity services into Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), the intelligent infotainment system.
The collaboration between Baidu and Daimler dates back to 2013 since then the company has actively expanded its cooperation with Baidu to provide further “ Inspired by China, Innovated for China”.