Daimler extends partnership with Baidu

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Daimler has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese tech company Baidu to strengthen their partnership in CAVs, and are planning to integrate Baidu’s vehicle connectivity technology in Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment system. Daimler also participates in Baidu’s Apollo AV programme.

Daimler has been a part of Apollo since 2017, developing AV technology and promoting the drafting of related laws and regulations. The two companies have agreed to strengthen their partnership and explore new ways to improve vehicle connectivity.

Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said, “Automated driving and connectivity are progressing at an unprecedented rate in China, and our continued success depends not only on staying ahead of these trends but on leading them.

“Daimler and Baidu already enjoy a strong partnership in these two fields, and the signing of this memorandum marks a new milestone in the cooperation between our two companies.”

By Illya Verpraet

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