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Microsoft wants to co-develop autonomous cars

Microsoft is cooperating with the Chinese company Baidu in autonomous driving.

With Apollo, Baidu has recently introduced an open-source operating system for autonomous cars that any car company can use.

To develop software for autonomous driving, Microsoft has closed an extended partnership with its search engine competitor, the Chinese company Baidu.
Microsoft has been cooperating with car makers for a long time, but this seems to be the first step toward autonomous driving the group.
In April 2017, Baidu introduced Apollo, an open platform for autonomous cars that any manufacturer can use. It consists of hardware and software components.

According to Baidu, Nvidia, Ford, Intel and Microsoft, among other things, pledged to contribute to the Apollo project.

Baidu follows a similar model as Google with Android, however on cars related. Collaboration is designed to speed up the development process.

“The purpose is very clear: we want to promote openness and accelerate innovation,” said Baidu President Ya-Qin Zhang Business Insider. According to Microsoft, Baidu is interested in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, including machine tools, a neural network and its availability worldwide.

At the end of 2016, Baidu ended his cooperation with BMW.
The reason for this was different ideas about the development of autonomous cars.

In September 2014, Reuters reported that BMW would cooperate with Baidu in China and would use high-resolution maps from the Internet group for its test vehicles. As early as July 2014, The Next Web reported on the plans of the Chinese Internet group to develop a vehicle that could drive by itself.

Baidu’s co-operation partners include the German automotive supplier Bosch.
The company will supply sensors for Apollo, among other things, announced in early June in a communication.

Bosch and Baidu have therefore jointly built a test vehicle based on a Jeep Cherokee for partially automated driving on Chinese motorways. The test car is equipped with numerous Bosch components.

These included, among other things, five medium-range radar sensors, a multifunctional camera for the surrounding area detection, the braking control system ESP and an electric servo control system.

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