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BMW partners with Baidu to test autonomous driving in China

BMW and Baidu team up to test autonomous vehicles on highways in Beijing and Shanghai, with expanded testing to hit other locations later down the road
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 10:30 pm

German automaker BMW wants to test its autonomous driving abilities in China, and has partnered with Baidu to begin tests in both Beijing and Shanghai. Both companies hope the project will expand to other large cities in China, but didn't name which metropolitan areas could be next in line.




Despite thousands of kilometers logged on the German autobahn highway, trying to carefully navigate the chaotic streets and highways in China should prove to be a difficult test. Using Baidu's high-resolution maps and familiarity with the local area should help give BMW a more precise method to avoid missing turns and keeping vehicles safely on the road.


"BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well," BMW noted in a press statement. "China's fast-expanding urban centers present the engineers with challenges such as multi-level highways."


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