Chinese tech behemoth Baidu has signed an agreement with auto parts supplier Continental. The strategic agreement will enable both the partners to work together and develop the cars of the future. This will include connected as well as autonomous cars.
There are two different ways in which the future cars could work. One way would be purely autonomous cars wherein, the cars drive themselves and so on. The other way would be cars that connect and communicate with each other in order to facilitate driving through roads. This other way would involve cars communicating with each other and mapping out roads. and pre-deciding where there are traffic jams and so on.
Baidu is one of the latest tech entities to join the autonomous cars race. Among other companies that are already in the field are Google, and Baidu’s arch-rival of China Tencent.
Continental’s Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said:
With our strategic collaboration, we will take intelligent mobility an important step further.
The two companies signed an agreement to this effect in Berlin. Among the signatories were Frank Jourdan, who is a member of the executive board of Continental and also the president of the chassis and safety division. From Baidu, Qi Lu, group president and chief operating officer of Baidu was also present.