Baidu and BMW end partnership
Baidu, Chinese version of Google, is now looking for a new partner to make self-driving cars, after announcing that they are ending their partnership with BMW. The Chinese company, however, said that they are now using Lincoln cars to test their autonomous driving systems in US.
According to Reuters, the reason is that the direction of these companies in self-driving vehicles are different than each other.
This partnership was started in 2014, and Baidu was planning to launch a prototype with BMW which would be able to drive itself ( but still would have a driver ) by 2015 in order to test Baidu’s autonomous technologies. Such a car never made, but instead, they have used modified BMW cars. According to Reuters, BMW wants to bring self-driving capabilities to its car by 2021 whereas the Chinese internet giant is planning to do the same thing by 2018.
This is, especially, a bad situation for Baidu, who wants to compete with Google’s autonomous cars. However, if the reports are true, they are already in talks with many other brand.