Microsoft and Baidu announced to join forces to explore opportunities to deliver connected vehicle solutions and unique customer experiences that aim to digitally transform the autonomous driving industry. As a member of the Apollo alliance, Microsoft will provide global scale for Apollo outside of China with the Microsoft Azure cloud.
— Baidu Inc. (@Baidu_Inc) July 18, 2017
We’re excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving,
Today’s vehicles already have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to their ability to capture data. By applying our global cloud AI, machine learning, and deep neural network capabilities to that data, we can accelerate the work already being done to make autonomous vehicles safer.
said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, Microsoft.
We are excited to have Microsoft as part of the Apollo alliance. Our goal with Apollo is to provide an open and powerful platform to the automotive industry to further the goal of autonomous vehicles,
The purpose is very clear: We want to promote openness and accelerate innovation,
By using Azure, our partners outside of China will have access to a trustworthy and secure public cloud, enabling them to focus on innovating instead of building their own cloud-based infrastructure.
said Ya-Qin Zhang, president of Baidu.
Source: Microsoft News Center: Baidu and Microsoft join forces in the intelligent cloud to advance autonomous driving