The two Chinese giants will create a joint venture.
Baidu, the most popular search engine in China (Google is censored there), will join forces with giant Geely to produce an autonomous car under a common brand.
Baidu has been working on the subject for a few years, with its Apollo research group, which even operates autonomous taxis in several cities in China. Geely, for its part, announced at the beginning of last year an investment of 270 million euros to launch satellites intended to distribute more precise information for its autonomous vehicles.
The collaboration between high-tech and the automotive industry in tune with the times
The group, which notably owns Volvo, 50% of Smart or even Lynk & Co., sold 1.3 million vehicles last year, despite the Covid crisis. The Geely brand is the best-selling brand in China.
It seems that the digital giants have therefore decided to team up with big names in the automotive industry in a frantic race towards 100% autonomous driving. This is for example the case of Apple, which announced earlier in January a collaboration with Hyundai, while Amazon unveiled at the end of 2019 a functional concept of a 100% autonomous taxi via its start-up Zoox.
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