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Continental, Baidu sign deal to develop self-driving car technology
Automotive News China | 2017/6/2

BERLIN -- Continental AG has signed an agreement with Baidu Inc. to develop technology for self-driving vehicles and connected cars.

Continental said in a written statement that the partners will collaborate on development of sensors and software for automated vehicles. They also will use Baidu's Project Apollo platform to develop artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud connectivity.

The companies signed the agreement Wednesday in Berlin. 

This year, Baidu has moved aggressively to establish a niche in the market for self-driving vehicles. 

In April, the company announced that it would make its Project Apollo platform for autonomous vehicles available to the auto industry as open-source software.

The company first put Project Apollo to the test in 2015, when it conducted road tests in China of its self-driving cars. Last November, Baidu invited people to ride its cars on public roads in Wuzhen.

Baidu, China's biggest search engine, generated revenue of 70.5 billion yuan ($10.3 billion) last year. The company is headquartered in Beijing. 

Continental AG, of Hanover, Germany, markets electronics, powertrain parts, sensors and software for self-driving vehicles. Last year, Continental generated sales of 40.5 billion euros (312 billion yuan). 

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