US auto firm Ford has teamed up with Baidu, one of China’s leading tech companies, to develop and test self-driving vehicles on Chinese roads over the next two years, CNBC reports.
“Working with a leading tech partner like Baidu allows us to leverage new opportunities in China to offer innovative solutions that improve safety, convenience and the overall mobility experience,” said Sherif Marakby, president and CEO of Ford’s autonomous vehicles arm.
The vehicles have already been equipped with Baidu’s autonomous driving system Apollo, and will conform to US Level 4 standard, whereby the cars will not need intervention from a person. The first road trials are due to begin by the end of the year.
“This project marks a new milestone in the partnership between Ford and Baidu, and supports Ford’s vision to design smart vehicles that transform how we get around.”