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Tech giants flex muscles at auto show

DOMESTIC tech giants are flexing their muscles with autonomous driving offerings and technology at the ongoing Shanghai auto show.

Senior Corporate Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group Li Zhenyu said that they expect at least six new models with pre-installed Apollo solutions to be introduced in the second half of the year.

The Apollo Navigation Pilot would cover 20 cities by the end of this year, Li said. He expects the system to be pre-installed on 1 million vehicles over the next three to five years.

Baidu’s Apollo Automated Valet Parking embedded in the Weltmeister W6 model was showcased at the expo.

It also unveiled intelligent cloud solutions to help developers and autonomous vehicle manufacturers to enhance the production process, understanding the users and car security.

Ride-hailing platform DiDi announced its partnership with Volvo to expand its test-driving fleet based on its self-driving hardware platform.

Volvo Cars will provide DiDi with its XC90 models which are equipped with necessary backup systems for functions such as steering and braking. The XC90 will be the first model to integrate with DiDi Autonomous Driving’s new hardware platform and will be used for ride-hailing in the future.

DiDi used Volvo’s XC60s in Shanghai’s first pilot robotaxi program last year. “We believe shared, electric and autonomous vehicle networks will be crucial for future urban transport systems to achieve the highest safety and sustainability standards,” said Bob Zhang, CEO of DiDi Autonomous Driving and chief technology officer of Didi Chuxing.


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