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Baidu & China Mobile Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Telecommunications for Connected Cars

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【Summary】Baidu, Inc. and China Mobile announced a comprehensive strategic partnership in emerging technology including areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and 5G, leveraging the respective core strengths of each.

Eric Walz    Jun 15, 2018 4:27 PM PT
Baidu & China Mobile Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Telecommunications for Connected Cars

BEIJING — Baidu, Inc. and China Mobile announced a comprehensive strategic partnership in emerging technology including areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and 5G, leveraging the respective core strengths of each. Baidu Chairman and CEO Robin Li, China Mobile Chairman Bing Shang and senior executives from the two companies attended a signing ceremony in Beijing.

"AI is rapidly being integrated into all facets of life, bringing innumerable new opportunities for the development of the industry. The combination of AI and telecommunications has huge room for innovation and will create more new experiences for users," said Robin Li at the signing.

In addition to the in-depth cooperation in network traffic, channels and basic services, the two companies will use Baidu's leading technologies and algorithms in the areas of image recognition, voice recognition and natural language processing to explore creative applications of AI in the telecommunications industry.

5G and Connected Cars

The two companies will also explore the emerging field of autonomous driving and the commercialization of AI in automotive applications, intelligent devices and connected homes.

In the future, the cooperation plans to bring China Mobile into Baidu's open Apollo platform, develop the connected car market and explore the integration of DuerOS into intelligent vehicle systems.

Baidu's Apollo platform is entirely open, and accessible to all interested developers of autonomous technology. Baidu considers the Apollo autonomous driving platform as the "Android of autonomous driving", Since launching last year, Apollo amassed over 100 automotive industry partners, including OEMs, Tier-1 suppliers and startups.

5G is an indispensable fundamental technology for autonomous driving, and the participation of mobile operators like China Mobile is of great significance in promoting the rapid development of the autonomous driving ecosystem. Faster 5G communications are necessary to reduce latency in automotive safety systems as cars become internet connected devices and can communicate with other vehicles.

Under the cooperation, users can enjoy discounted data plans for 13 Baidu popular products, including Baidu App, movie streaming platform iQIYI and Baidu PostBar. This marks the first time that China Mobile has customized a multi-application, discounted data product for an Internet company. This offering is expected to be officially launched as soon as the end of June.

For Baidu and China Mobile, this cooperation represents a major milestone towards advancing innovative technologies and business models. Their collective strengths will enable accelerated ecosystem development across industries, as well as incorporating AI into telecommunications and enhancing user experience.

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