Geely will work with Baidu on a brand new automotive enterprise, the 2 corporations mentioned Monday.
Baidu, usually billed as China’s Google, has already been concerned within the automotive sector within the space of self-driving automobiles, having developed an open-source self-driving system generally known as Apollo that’s being developed with assist from a variety of main automakers.
Baidu now plans to determine a brand new firm to launch electrical automobiles leveraging its personal AI, connectivity, mapping and self-driving applied sciences, and Geely’s experience in automotive manufacturing. The brand new firm will likely be a subsidiary of Baidu, with Geely serving as a strategic investor.
Apple and Hyundai are reportedly engaged on the same partnership, and one other Chinese language tech large, Alibaba, has beforehand shaped a enterprise with Chinese language automaker SAIC to discover connectivity choices in automobiles.
Within the Baidu-Geely deal, the brand new electrical automobiles will likely be based mostly on the SEA (Sustainable Expertise Structure) modular EV platform unveiled by Geely final September. The platform is able to spawning fashions from the subcompact section proper via to the mid-size section, in addition to automotive, SUV and light-weight industrial physique types. A spread of over 400 miles is feasible, based on Geely, and there is the potential to develop this as battery know-how improves.
The platform is predicted to make its manufacturing debut later this 12 months in a brand new automobile from Geely-owned model Lynk & Co.
It is not clear when the primary automobile developed by Baidu and Geely will arrive. It additionally is not clear whether or not the automobile will be capable of drive by itself.