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Baidu and NVIDIA team up on cloud-to-car platform for self-driving cars; HD maps, Level 3 control, automated parking

At the Baidu World Conference in Beijing, Baidu CEO Robin Li together with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced a partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) in the creation of a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for local Chinese and global car makers.

NVIDIA and Baidu have a long history of working together on AI. The latest addition to their partnership will combine Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology with NVIDIA’s self-driving computing platform to develop solutions for HD maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking.

We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car.

—Jen-Hsun Huan

Developing a fully autonomous car is an end-to-end systems problem—from the in-car computer to AI algorithms to an always-updated 3D map in the cloud, Jen-Hsun said.

In the Baidu World expo, NVIDIA demonstrated DRIVE PX 2 (earlier post) and its DriveWorks software to showcase what goes on inside the brain of the autonomous car.

Earlier this year, Baidu formed a self-driving car team in Silicon Valley focused on research, development and testing. The team will be part of Baidu’s newly-created Autonomous Driving Unit (ADU). Baidu plans to grow the team to more than 100 researchers and engineers by the end of the year. (Earlier post.)

The solution created with Baidu will be available to local Chinese automakers as well as global brands.

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