VW taps Baidu’s Apollo platform to develop self-driving cars

November 2, 2018 16:19 CET

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen said it would join China’s Apollo autonomous driving consortium, which was founded by Baidu, as it seeks to develop self-driving cars for the world’s largest market.

Baidu last year opened the Apollo consortium, which uses an open-source approach, to third parties to accelerate development of autonomous vehicles in the face of stiff competition from Google’s Waymo and Tesla.

Volkswagen will gain a seat on the management board of Apollo, the automaker said.

Apollo has brought in more than 130 partners, including BMW, and announced plans to begin testing self-driving cars with Ford by the end of this year.

Volvo said on Thursday it has agreed with Baidu to jointly develop electric cars capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, with the aim of mass producing them for China to serve the robotaxi market.

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