Microsoft will work and help the Chinese search service Baidu Internet, also known as the “Chinese Google” to develop an autonomous vehicle. The two companies announced in a statement the agreement and the new cooperation.
The company founded by Bill Gates is No. 50 to join the Apollo Alliance , launched by Baidu strategy for competition among technology companies. In addition, Microsoft will participate with its technology of “intelligent cloud” called Azure, which is a set of IT services in the field of artificial intelligence. ” With Azure, our partners outside of China have access to a reliable public cloud that will allow them to focus on innovation rather than building your own cloud system ,” said Ya-Qin Zhang, the director of Baidu, which has already it demonstrated its first prototype of a vehicle without a driver at the end of 2015.
“We are excited about this partnership with Baidu and you can take a big step to help manufacturers and automotive suppliers to discover the promise of autonomous driving ,” said Kevin Dallas, Microsoft’s vice president. “The media today have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to capturing the data capacity. By applying our global cloud of artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural networks, we can accelerate the work that had been done to make the safest autonomous vehicles. ”
According to McKinsey, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 will be completely independent, which drives the need for an ecosystem of partners to work together in support of a common goal. Baidu announced in the month of April 2017 Apollo, an open platform that provides the complete solution, safe and reliable to support all the major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. The project, named after the historic moon landing program, describes its scope and its complexity.
More than 50 partners from a wide range of sectors who joined Apollo Alliance, including TomTom , the leading navigation service and global mapping; Tier One suppliers Bosch and Continental; and Grab, the leading platform in Southeast Asia travel with a car.