NXP and Baidu collaborate on Apollo to revolutionise Chinese intelligent vehicles

Automotive semiconductor supplier NXP has announced plans to collaborate with Baidu on its Apollo connected car platform. NXP seeks to bring about a new automotive revolution in China by capitalising on Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies.

NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions including millimetre wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experience technologies. The company also seeks to further its 'BlueBox' development platform that offers low energy consumption, high-performance and functional safety benefits.

Both companies will work together on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks. DuerOS for Apollo, a conversational in-car system from Baidu, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance.

Apollo, which was first announced in April 2017, is Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform which provides a comprehensive, secure, and reliable all-in-one solution which supports many of the major features and functions of today's autonomous vehicles.

According to Baidu, Apollo is "the Android" of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and powerful. It enables partners to assemble their own autonomous vehicles and start their product R&D in a faster way.

Li Zhenyu, general manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group, said: “The collaboration with NXP is a significant step toward the application of Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies. NXP's entry into the Apollo platform will inject momentum into our intelligent and autonomous vehicle ecosystem, creating benefits for the intelligent vehicle industry in China and the world.”

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