The German automaker BWM and the Chinese company Baidu gave up their car partnership. After BMW and Baidu have collaborated for two years to develop a new project on autonomous cars, their car partnership was canceled. Some argue that Baidu is bound to search for another automaker to partner with. The Chinese giant is trying to boost the testing of self-driving cars in the US. What is more, Wang Jing, the CEO of Baidu, has explicitly announced that his company is looking for new partners.
Neither officials from BMW, nor those from Baidu wanted to comment on the decision that the two big companies made. An executive from BMW has released to the media the info which attests that the two giants were having different perspectives concerning their autonomous cars project.
Olaf Kasner, the CEO of BMW in China, has argued that they have realized that the ideas of the companies regarding the research for their self-driving vehicle project proved to be different. BMW’s plan was to launch their autonomous car in 2021. The other company, Baidu was trying to speed up the process aiming to launch the autonomous car in 2018.
Besides this difference, there were still other signs that demonstrated the two companies were not following the same path. Previously, BMW had others car partnerships, also working on the development of self-driving cars’ technology. The automaker had closed a deal with Intel and Mobileye.
The car partnership between Baidu and BMW started back in 2014. Right from the outset, Wang Jin, the senior vice president of Baidu, has consistently argued that starting with next year the partnership will start unveiling their fruitful results, launching a new autonomous car. The high hopes and all the big plans that Baidu had with BMW never got to materialize.
Their new vehicle was supposed to be designed to test the innovative autonomous technology developed by Baidu. Surely, the prototype vehicle would still have used the help of a human driver, if necessary. This year, the Chinese giant had received the approval for testing their new technology, being authorized by the California’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
This document meant a significant boost for Baidu, bringing it closer to fulfilling their goal of testing the revolutionary technology for autonomous cars they have been working on. Baidu intended to test their prototype on Google’s home ground. Baidu had also been preparing a team of a hundred engineers in Silicon Valley.
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