Volvo Cars and Baidu collaborate to develop and manufacture autonomous driving cars
Volvo Cars has reached an agreement with Chinese internet search provider, Baidu, to jointly develop electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars with the aim of mass producing them for China.
Volvo Cars is reportedly the first foreign car maker to collaborate this closely with Baidu to jointly develop customized autonomous driving cars. The partnership will allow both companies to develop and sell these vehicles to potential Chinese customers.
Volvo Cars and Baidu will pool resources to prepare for mass manufacturing of fully electric and autonomous cars, according to the agreement. Based on the collaboration agreement, Baidu will contribute with its Apollo autonomous driving platform, and Volvo will provide access to its expertise and advanced technologies in the automotive industry.
“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. “There is a strong development in autonomous drive in China, where Baidu is a leading player, and the market there offers huge opportunities for us as the supplier of choice for autonomous fleets.”
“Since its founding a century ago, Volvo has kept safety as its core mission, pushing safety development forward with significant innovations. We are very glad that Volvo Cars has established a strategic partnership with Baidu in the development of a fully autonomous car compatible with our autonomous driving platform Apollo. We look forward to working closely with Volvo to provide the world with the safest auto products for the benefit of humankind,” said Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang, president of Baidu.