Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home Email this story   Print this story
JAC taps Baidu to develop self-driving vehicles
Automotive News China | 2017/9/5

Jianghuai Automobile Co., a state-owned automaker, formed a partnership with Chinese tech giant Baidu Inc. to develop autonomous vehicles.

JAC says the deal allows it to use Baidu's high-precision maps and its open-source software for autonomous vehicles, dubbed Apollo.

The automaker plans to launch a production version of a self-driving vehicle in the second half of 2019. 

As part of the partnership program, JAC supplied 32 units of its S3 subcompact crossover to Baidu beginning last week to help the latter collect mapping data.

JAC, based in the east China city of Hefei, produces commercial trucks and light vehicles. In the first seven months, the company¡¯s sales dropped 18 percent year on year to 306,286 as JAC¡¯s aging lineup of passenger vehicles lost market share.

Earlier this year, it established a joint venture with the Volkswagen Group to build electric vehicles. 

It is the latest automaker in China to adopt Baidu¡¯s Apollo platform to develop autonomous vehicles. 

Apollo, launched in April, is a software package that enables self-driving vehicles to locate and track themselves, plan routes and control steering, brakes and acceleration.

Users include China FAW Group Corp., Changan Automobile Co., Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile Co. as well as global automakers such as Ford Motor Co., Daimler AG and Volkswagen group.

Baidu is working with Robert Bosch, Continental AG, Nvidia Corp. and Microsoft to upgrade Apollo.

Related Stories
  • Autonomous-vehicle race underscores need for more fine-tuning
  •     --Published:2019/21/5
  • China's robocars are being lapped by U.S. rivals
  •     --Published:2019/10/5
  • JAC pollution control devices face Beijing scrutiny
  •     --Published:2019/10/5
  • Volkswagen plans EV plant with JAC in Hefei
  •     --Published:2019/26/4
  • China preps site to test AV tech on highways
  •     --Published:2019/19/4
  • Aptiv sets AV tech ambitions in China
  •     --Published:2019/19/4
  • VW: China to become global software development hub for AV tech
  •     --Published:2019/16/4
  • VW eyes buying big stake in China partner JAC, report says
  •     --Published:2019/12/4
  • Why VW may become 2nd foreign automaker to gain control of China JV
  •     --Published:2019/12/4
  • Didi forms self-driving vehicle subsidiary in Shanghai
  •     --Published:2019/5/3
  • Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises nearly $100 million
  •     --Published:2019/15/2
  • PSA granted license to test self-driving vehicle in Chongqing
  •     --Published:2019/1/2
  • VW's Seat brand to develop electric car platform in China with JAC
  •     --Published:2018/30/11
  • Thirsty? Here comes the vending machine
  •     --Published:2018/27/11

    Our Newsletter Editions
    Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

    Select your newsletter     


    Automotive News China
    Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
    Shanghai 200233
    Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
    Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
    Home | Help Center | About Us | Privacy Policy | RSS
    Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
    Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.