BMW, Baidu team up to pave the way for highly automated driving in China

Article by Christian A., on September 29, 2014

We already know that the BMW Group is working on highly automated vehicle prototypes and it already tested them for thousands of kilometers in self-driving mode on German motorways. Still, in February 2013, BMW teamed up with Continental to shift its focus on European motorways. Today, BMW Group announced that it will take things even further and pave the way for highly automated driving in China.

What’s more interesting is that BMW teamed up with internet Giant Baidu in this latest research project as the China’s largest search engine is also a provider of map and cloud services.

So, in the next two years, BMW says that it will build prototype research vehicles for use in highly automated driving trials on Chinese roads.

Earlier this year at CES 2014, BMW unveiled its highly automated research prototype vehicles based on the BMW 2-Series Coupe but also on the 6-Series Gran Coupe and showed us that the cars can do some perfect drifts but are also capable to face extreme situations such as a sudden emergency.

"“Vision Zero” is a strategy for achieving “accident-free mobility” that is being pursued right across Europe in many different arenas – social, political, scientific and industrial. Highly automated driving is capable of bringing Vision Zero a significant step closer to reality. In addition to the safety aspect, the aim is to enhance comfort and efficiency as well. The BMW Group believes that highly automated driving will play a major part in ensuring sustainable personal mobility in the future." said the press release. [source: BMW]

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