Ford and Volvo teams up with Chinese search giant Baidu

02 Nov 2018_campuscad

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Ford Motors with Chinese search giant Baidu will start self driving level 4 test on the streets of Beijing.

This will be a 2 year project and helps deepens tie with Baidu which is developing an open platform Apollo for autonomous vehicles.

Ford is promoting its vision for autonomous technology and future under the tag “smart vehicles for a smart world.”

Ford Engineering team will help Baidu Apollo research team to fit its Virtual Driver System in to car. 

“This project will combine our leading-edge technological know-how and understanding of China together with Ford’s vehicle expertise, marking a significant step forward towards Baidu’s goal of developing autonomous driving vehicles that will greatly benefit future consumers.” said Zhenyu Li, Vice President and General Manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group.

Baidu also teamed up with Volvo jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars for mass production.

“With Baidu we take a big step forward in commercializing our autonomous compatible cars, built on Volvo’s industry-leading safety technology,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars

Level 4 autonomous vehicles which are fully autonomous and designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip.

With autonomous tech development, theirs is unavoidable disruption and shift in the Auto industry which every automaker will face in the coming future. 

Recently Huawei and Audi partnered to develop the self driving tech and Intelligent connected vehicles (ICV) in Audi Q7.

China is world largest auto mobile market with more than 160 local manufactures.

German auto giant Daimler was the first international automaker to receive a permit to test driver-less vehicles in Beijing.

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