百度(BIDU) Baidu made a number of announcements at the Shanghai Auto Show (19 April),clarifying its strategy and new partnerships to bring autonomous driving to China.
Project Apollo to build an inclusive ecosystem for autonomous driving players:There are three key aspects for the initial plan: 1) Baidu will open source itsautonomous driving related algorithms to all the ecosystem participants in July thisyear, including machine vision, route planning, controlling system and high-definitionmap. Automakers, auto parts and sensor suppliers and others can either customisethe algorithms to work better with their specs or develop new models to leverage theopen API, similar to the role of Android operating system for handsets. This will helpto lower the entry barrier for traditional players throughout the supply chain and unifyindustry-wide specs. 2) The Apollo ecosystem will provide a comprehensiveautonomous driving suite including software and hardware with help from theecosystem players. 3) Baidu aims to offer the best safety-related technologies withProject Apollo. Also, it will actively work with all parties and government to discussand set up relevant industry standards, laws and policies to push through a healthylegal environment for the development of autonomous driving. More details aboutProject Apollo will be announced in July this year. The company is still very confidentabout its time map for the technology to launch commercial applications in specificroutes by year end 2018 and scale production of autonomous driving vehicles (ADVs)by 2020.
Strategic co-operation with Chery Automobile: Baidu signed a strategic corporationyesterday (19 April) with Chery, a domestic auto manufacturer headquartered in Wuhu,Anhui Province, to further strengthen the co-operation on Internet of Vehicles (IoV),high-level partial autonomous driving and fully autonomous driving. The two havealready unveiled a fully ADV leveraging on Chery EQ electric car in August 2016.Chery’s ba……[汇丰银行]