WABCO Holdings, one of the leading global suppliers of braking control systems and other advanced technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Baidu to collaborate on developing a best-in-class, cost-effective and highly standardized suite of solutions for Level 4 Autonomous Driving in hub-to-hub highway applications for commercial vehicles.
This will be a cornerstone of an open platform allowing OEMs and fleets to utilize WABCO’s and Baidu’s core safety and AI technologies while providing them an opportunity to develop customized, differentiated solutions.
Based on this strategic cooperation agreement, Baidu will bring the power of Apollo, its open autonomous driving software platform, proven in the passenger car segment, while WABCO will provide access to its own ADOPT™ (Autonomous Driving Open Platform Technology) ecosystem to simplify entry into WABCO’s world of advanced technologies for the commercial vehicle industry.
Taking the next step, the intent is to work together to combine the required content of Baidu’s Apollo software platform, integrating all the safety and redundancy protocols necessary for road release in order to develop turnkey, hub-to-hub, Level 4 highway solutions for the commercial vehicle world. The goal is to be able to commercialize these solutions over the next three years.
Finally, WABCO and Baidu will leverage the development across these commercialized platforms and open them up to WABCO customers (Fleets and OEs) allowing them to develop their own solutions that align with their specific autonomous driving goals. In order to develop these Level 4 autonomous driving applications, customers could either seek to leverage the existing full software stack, or select specific software modules and functionality.
Bringing together WABCO’s ADOPT and Baidu’s Apollo open platform into the commercial vehicle world will help accelerate the adoption of Level 4 autonomous driving. Additionally, for WABCO’s customers today and tomorrow, it will open up a world of choices and benefits – speed to market, lower R&D investments, flexibility and access to true domain experts – aligned with the pace of their own autonomous driving journeys.