BMW joins Baidu Apollo! Becomes the 118th partner

On July 4th, Baidu AI Developers Conference, Li Yanhong announced that Apollo production was off the assembly line, and Apollo open platform was upgraded to 3.0. Recently, Baidu Apollo once again ushered in good news: BMW officially joined Baidu Apollo! Become the 118th partner !

On July 10, the Chinese and German prime ministers jointly attended the Sino-German auto-driving exhibition in Berlin. As a result, Baidu and the BMW Group signed a memorandum of understanding, announcing that both sides will expand including autonomous driving and intelligence. Cooperation in travel, in which the BMW Group will join the Apollo open platform as a member of the Board of Directors.

Left: Vice President of Baidu, Li Zhenyu, General Manager of Intelligent Driving Business Group

Right: Fu Lexi, director of research and development at BMW Group

The memorandum of understanding signed by the two parties is following the cooperation of Baidu and BMW Group in the field of car networking.

Dr. Zhang Yaqin, President of Baidu, said, 'Apollo is an open platform for autopilots for global partners and developers. The development of Apollo breaks the geographical boundaries of autonomous driving technology and promotes cross-border and cross-industry collaboration across the globe. BMW and Baidu We have been actively deploying smart cars and have achieved a high degree of consistency in the auto-driving vision. We have maintained close ties over the years. This time BMW joins the Apollo Council and the two sides will continue to strengthen their alliance to further promote the global autonomous driving industry. Development, bringing consumers a more comfortable driving experience.

Klaus Fröhlich, R&D director of BMW Group, said that 'the combination of the automotive industry and the technology industry is the key to successfully promoting the development of autonomous driving technology. We are striving to unify the global technical standards to solve the current development progress. Regional differences with the regulatory framework. With the cooperation between BMW Group and Baidu, we are able to accelerate the implementation of the connection between users' specific needs and technical solutions, and bring our vision of autonomous driving to Chinese consumers as soon as possible.'

The signing of this memorandum of understanding marks the progress of cooperation between Baidu and BMW Group in promoting the construction of autonomous driving ecosystem to a deeper level. The two parties will work together to bring safe, convenient and intelligent travel experience to Chinese consumers.

Since its release in July 2017, the Apollo Ecosystem has united 118 global partners from the automotive and technology sectors. Apollo is continually bringing developers and partners together to accelerate technology through open features and resource sharing. Innovation.

July 5, 2017. The first 'Baidu AI Developer Conference' was held in Beijing, and the Apollo Ecology was officially launched with over 50 initial partners.

These include 13 Chinese automakers, Ford and Daimler, two foreign automakers, world-class auto parts suppliers and chip companies, sensor companies, map companies, cloud service companies, startups, research institutes, etc. .

Baidu's partner, an engineer at AutonomouStuff, completed a self-driving car in just three days, based on the software framework released by Baidu and the recommended hardware combination.

September 20, 2017. Apollo upgraded to 1.5 and officially released, including obstacle perception, decision planning, cloud simulation, high-precision map service, end-to-end deep learning and other five core open capabilities, and supports day and night lanes Autopilot.

The Apollo Partner Alliance has expanded to 70, with new partners including OEM OEMs, Tier1 suppliers, developer eco companies and start-up technology companies, domestic new startup Momenta, Chi Heng, global top laser radar manufacturer Velodyne, etc. Joined one after another.

October 13, 2017. Baidu and BAIC form a crossover 'CP', which will mass produce driverless cars in 2021.

Xu Heyi, Chairman of Beiqi, presented the BJ80 parade review vehicle model to Li Yanhong

October 17, 2017. Baidu Apollo took the Jinlong Bus and promised: Small-scale mass production of driverless buses in 2018.

Baidu and Jinlong cooperated in the world's first L4-class mass production autopilot bus 'Apolon'

October 26, 2017. Baidu and the first car about the car to build an auto-driving network about the team.

January 8, 2018. Baidu Apollo open platform upgraded to 2.0 again, lighting all four modules including cloud services, software platform, reference hardware platform and reference vehicle platform.

The number of Apollo partners has now exceeded 90, increasing the cooperation plan with international companies such as Microsoft and TomTom.

At the "Baidu World@Las Vegas 2018" conference, Baidu conducted a 16-hour "China-US Unmanned Car Connection".

April 19, 2018. Baidu Apollo released the first anniversary of version 2.5, the Apollo eco-alliance broke through 100, BYD officially joined the Apollo open platform and became the 100th partner.

Baidu also joined China Automotive Technology Research Center Co., Ltd., China Information and Communication Research Institute officially announced the establishment of Apollo Automotive Information Security Laboratory.

Apollo Automotive Safety Lab unveiled

July 4, 2018. At the Baidu AI Developer Conference in 2018, with the addition of 16 partners including Valeo and Baiteng, Baidu Apollo became the world's largest autopilot ecosystem.

Apollo upgrade released Apollo version 3.0, auto-driving in the open production area, released three mass production solutions, and upgraded the open technology framework to a new starting point for autopilot production with partners.