Baidu Intelligent Vehicle and BAIC Motor Corporation Ltd., jointly announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that they have formed a comprehensive strategic partnership to produce and promote advanced intelligent vehicle technology.
Under the new strategic partnership, Baidu and BAIC will cooperate on two key projects: to launch car models in the first half of 2017 with telematics solutions provided by Baidu, and to road test the BAIC Level 3 autonomous driving car by the end of this year. According to the agreement, the companies will also explore broad cooperation in Level 3 autonomous driving technology including high definition (HD) maps and Learning Map, and Baidu will provide BAIC with intelligent vehicle OEM solutions including CarLife, CoDriver, and MapAuto. Baidu and BAIC will co-launch a research lab to promote technological collaboration and the mass application of intelligent vehicle technologies.
As a leading global provider of intelligent vehicle software and technology, Baidu Intelligent Vehicle develops solutions utilizing the company’s expertise in artificial intelligence and big data. Baidu’s Sensor-Fusion Solution, which is based on a combination of camera sensors, radar and HD map technology, has been successfully tested in vehicles under real-world driving conditions including highways, parking lots and closed areas. Baidu HD Map, which is the only mass product of its kind that can be widely deployed in China and customized to fit various car models, has reached centimeter-level accuracy with over 90% of data produced automatically. Currently, Baidu’s HD Map has 95% accuracy for recognizing road conditions such as traffic signs and structures, and is able to update data in near-real time. Baidu CarLife, Baidu’s smart vehicle solution, has been deployed in nearly 150 car models from 60 automobile manufacturers, including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Shanghai GM (including Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brands), and counts over 700,000 car owners as active users.
In November 2016, Baidu and Beiqi Foton Motor Co. (Foton), the world’s largest commercial vehicle company in terms of production and sales, co-launched China’s first ever autonomous driving truck, which represents a major milestone in the development of autonomous driving technology for commercial vehicles.
Baidu Intelligent Vehicle will continue to work with automobile manufacturers all over the world to develop a intelligent vehicle ecosystem and to expand intelligent vehicle technology applications for traditional vehicles.