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Baidu enters into partnership with Bosch and Continental AG

China’s Baidu has entered into two separate partnerships with Bosch and Continental AG to work on self-driving systems and vehicles, smart transportation and the Internet of Vehicles. Strategic agreements were signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Germany last week.
Continental and Bosch both are well-known auto industry suppliers. Bosch is a Tier 1 supplier to almost every major auto manufacturer while Continental works on ADAS and sensors used in autonomous driving apart being a renowned manufacturer of Tires.
The partnerships will be focussed on leveraging Baidu’s experience in machine learning and computer intelligence tech, while its partners within the industry will focus on the hardware component and systems integration aspect of the autonomous vehicles. As per the agreement, Bosch will be providing sensors, other hardware components and vehicle localization support for Baidu’s Apollo open autonomous driving platform also.
The two deals underline the trend which has been unfolding in the fast changing autonomous vehicle sector, where the traditional auto suppliers and technology companies specialized in artificial intelligence, robotics, and other highly technical software are coming together.

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 artificial intelligence (AI). So the companies are eager to enter this huge market and find a place in it.  The Chinese government has been working on a plan according to which by 2021 to 2025 it aims to bring to market vehicles capable of driving themselves in nearly all situations. It plans to have some form of self-driving or ADAS in every car by 2026 to 2030.

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