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Apollo Electric Car Strategy in the news

Week 31 2018 Apollo self-driving contribute to BAIDU profits

China’s Google, Baidu, announced that its Q2 revenues jumped 32% contributing resulting in a jump in net profits by 31%. Robin Li, Baidu’s CEO, highlighted its self-driving program Apollo’s contribution to the successful quarter. Apollo has signed 119 OEMs and parts suppliers including Daimler and BMW to its open source platform. We reported in Week 27 that Apollo started producing its first Level 4 autonomous vehicle the Apolong transporter.

In May Baidu, Lifan and EV rental company Pand-Auto started testing China’s first shared self-driving pilot program in the municipal area of Chongqing.

Week 30 2018 Daimler and BAIDU signs A-EV MOU

Daimler and Baidu signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand partnership through the Apollo autonomous driving platform and to integrate Baidu’s vehicle connectivity services into Mercedes-Benz infotainment system MBUX.

Week 28 2018 BAIDU enters into more MOUs

Hyundai and Baidu announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Internet of Vehicles (IoV) services this week. According to the MOU the partners will co-develop connected car service that provides a wide range of in-car content based on big data, maps, AI, and portal services. Hyundai Motor Group will embed Baidu’s Xiaodu In-Car OS in its production cars and jointly advance in-vehicle voice recognition services based on Baidu’s natural language processing and Hyundai’s noise cancellation technologies.

BMW joined Chinese tech-giant Baidu’s opensource autonomous driving platform, Apollo. BMW will be a board member on the Apollo program.

Week 27 2018 BAIDU starts production of self-driving transporter

Nasdaq listed Baidu and commercial vehicle manufacturer FJ Motor started production of the first mass-produced autonomous transporter, the Apolong. Baidu, the largest search engine in China, and King Long started working on the Apolong in late 2017. The developed was managed by Baidu’s Apollo unit, created to spearhead the company’s autonomous vehicle program, in the same fashion as Waymo was created by Google. The Apolong can carry 14 passengers, eight seating, and six standing. The Apolong is equipped with the Apollo 3.0 autonomous system allowing for Level 4 self-driving and has no steering wheel. The assembly plant is at FJ Motor’s King Long unit in Xiamen, Fujian province has produced 100 units of the autonomous minibus to date. Baidu will start exporting the Apolong to Japan in 2019 in conjunction with Japanese company Softbank where the vehicle will be deployed as shuttle buses for the elderly and staff at Nuclear plants. Although Leve 4 autonomy is not fully autonomous, it does allow the operation of a vehicle within an enclosed location without a human driver.

Week 15 2018 BAIDU and GWM sign MOU

Chinese tech company, Baidu (or China’s Google as its known in the west) signed an MOU with Great Wall Motors collaborate in four major areas, namely intelligent-connected vehicles (ICVs), autonomous drive, ride sharing and big data. The MOU will be the two companies second collaboration, following the 2016 agreement where they joined forces on the development of map positioning technology. The latest MOU will see GWM’s i-Pilot self-driving system connect with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving platform which will see GWM models with Level 3 autonomy on Chinese roads from 2020.

Week 39 2017 BAIDU raises funds for A-EV program

Baidu, China’s equivalent of Google and early entrant to self-driving cars raised $1.49 Bln (9.8 billion yuan) fund to develop self-driving cars. The Apollo Fund, as it is named, will invest in 100 autonomous projects over the next three years. The fund shares the same name as the search engines open source autonomous software. Version 1.5 of Apollo was released at the same time as the launch of the fund.

Week 36 2017 BAIDU and JAC formalizes A-EV program

The Chinese automaker, JAC and China’s Google, BAIDU, this week announced a partnership to develop a Level 3 mass market self-driving car for production in 2019, year after Audi will produce a level 3 capable Audi A8. Baidu launched its autonomous strategy, called Apollo, two months back. The Apollo strategy mimics that of Google, aiming to develop software for autonomous vehicles. Hardware partners to the Apollo program include Bosch. It’s still unclear how the strategic partners will develop the vehicle as testing of autonomous cars is not yet legal on Chinese roads. Baidu, however, has a permit to test autonomous cars on Californian roads. Other automakers, such as Volvo and Ford are targeting Level 4 autonomous vehicles by 2021.


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