Baidu collaborating with China's BAIC Group and King Long for autonomous driving
Baidu signed strategic cooperation agreements with two of China's automotive companies, BAIC Group and Xiamen King Long United Automotive. Baidu and BAIC Group, an automaker in China, will mass-produce vehicles with Level 3 autonomous features around 2019 and fully autonomous Level 4 cars around 2021. Baidu also signed a strategic partnership agreement with King Long, a Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer. Together the two companies will put autonomous buses that run on designated areas into mass production and trial operation by the end of July 2018. The combination of Baidu's Apollo open platform and BAIC Group's vehicle platform aims to enable the mass production of autonomous cars, with Baidu's AI technology at the core.