Continental has announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese Internet company Baidu for the development of automated driving, connected vehicles and intelligent mobility services. The companies will extend technology exchanges by using each other’s competitive advantages in automotive components and Internet technology and form an effective technical alliance, noted Continental.
Continental and Baidu plan to use complementary resources and technology know-how to develop technologies, products and business models to provide comprehensive and reliable solutions for future mobility solutions. Under the agreement, the partners will explore collaboration in fields such as sensor systems and software for advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving applications for Baidu’s Apollo platform. This will include artificial intelligence, cyber security and connected cars, as well as road test, data collection and analysis for automated driving, the company said.
Dr Elmar Degenhart, Chairman, Executive Board, Continental, said the company develops and provides technologies and services for the mobility of tomorrow, and Baidu is one of the most important Internet companies in China. He added that the strategic collaboration of the two companies will take intelligent mobility an important step further.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has great potential to drive social development, and one of AI’s biggest opportunities is intelligent vehicles, noted Qi Lu, Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Baidu. He said that by joining hands with Continental, the company is striving to upgrade intelligence in the automobile industry and develop a new ecosystem of intelligent mobility and automated driving.