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VW joins Baidu company Apollo

10. January 2019

The Baidu subsidiary Apollo and Volkswagen will cooperate more closely in the future in the development of autonomous vehicles. The two companies announced this on 2 November in Beijing. In addition, the Wolfsburg joins the Apollo board and want to strengthen their expertise in China for other brands of the group. For Volkswagen, China is now the largest sales market and has a special significance for new technologies and innovative mobility solutions.

VW Baidu Apollo autonomous driving

Apollo is part of the Baidu group of companies, whose Internet activites is the Chinese counterpart to Google and with the Apollo project has become one of the world’s leading technology companies for autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. Thanks to the open source approach, more than 130 partners from industry and science have already been able to work together, among them well-known international companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Daimler AG and Ford. With the wide range and expertise of these partners, Apollo can cover most of the relevant areas for self-driving vehicles, which includes, among other things, the sensor technology, other hardware as well as programming and control.

At the launch event of the collaboration, Sven Patuschka, Chief Technical Officer of Volkswagen (China) Investment Co., said Apollo’s open source approach is highly promising and will accelerate the development of autonomous driving. Volkswagen wants to contribute its development expertise of the brands VW and Audi, a first joint project is imminent. Apollo owns a recently build dedicated test site for autonomous driving in Xiongan, China, south of Beijing. There, a Volkswagen test vehicle will be equipped with Apollo software and extensively tested. Vehicles, components and electronic components must pass the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) in China. We advise you on the application and during the approval process of China CCC certification.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and Managing Director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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