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Volvo And Baidu Join Forces To Develop Fully Autonomous Driving Cars

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Volvo And Baidu Join Forces To Develop Fully Autonomous Driving Cars

Volvo And Baidu Join Forces To Develop Fully Autonomous Driving Cars

Volvo Cars is the first foreign car maker to collaborate closely with Baidu, the leading Chinese internet search provider, to jointly develop fully autonomous cars with the aim of mass producing them for China, the biggest auto market in the world.

According to the agreement, Volvo will provide access to its expertise and advanced technologies of the car industry. Baidu will contribute with its Apollo autonomous driving platform.


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In coming decades, China is likely to become the single largest market for autonomous cars in the world, shows Industry forecast. Earlier this year Market research firm IHS Markit predicted that on a total global volume of around 33 million, around 14.5 million autonomous cars will be sold in China by 2040.

Volvo And Baidu Join Forces To Develop Fully Autonomous Driving Cars
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“With Baidu we take a big step forward in commercialising our autonomous compatible cars, built on Volvo’s industry-leading safety technology,” said HÃ¥kan 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.

Volvo is aiming to become a global and diversified mobility service provider and views autonomous drive as a key growth area as a major aspect of this strategy. It expects to generate one third of all annual sales from autonomous cars By the middle of the next decade.

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