Ford and Baidu team up to test autonomous cars in China.

Jonah Whanau

2018-11-01 08:36:00 Thu ET

Ford and Baidu team up to test autonomous cars in China. For the next few years, Ford and Baidu plan to collaborate on the car design and user acceptance test of driverless vehicles in China.  Ford provides autonomous vehicles that fits the Baidu proprietary autonomous navigation system Apollo. On-road car tests begin to take place in 2018Q4.

Ford and Baidu both aim to achieve the U.S. SAE Level 4 standard. The U.S. SAE industry classification measures the level of *human involvement* in autonomous vehicles, and the SAE Level 4 standard stipulates that driverless vehicles can run autonomously within specific areas under the correct weather conditions. By this standard, the Ford-Baidu autonomous vehicles require no human intervention at all. Although Ford and Baidu have yet to disclose the financial terms and ownership structure details of this Sino-U.S. joint venture, the tech firms leverage innovative artificial-intelligence and wireless connectivity solutions that improve the safe and convenient passenger experiences in different environments.

Most user acceptance tests are likely to take place in China, and the ultimate Level 4 driverless vehicles will run on both Chinese and American soil. Through this core strategic partnership with Baidu, Ford can secure its competitive advantage and moat in autonomous cars in response to intense competition from Uber, Lyft, Tesla, and Waymo etc.  Autonomous vehicles remain a top long-term strategic priority for several world-class carmakers from Audi and BMW to Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

 


If any of our AYA Analytica financial health memos (FHM), blog posts, ebooks, newsletters, and notifications etc, or any other form of online content curation, involves potential copyright concerns, please feel free to contact us at service@ayafintech.network so that we can remove relevant content in response to any such request within a reasonable time frame.

Blog+More
Admitting China to the WTO seems ineffective in imparting economic freedom and democracy to the communist regime.
Dan Rochefort

2018-07-27 10:35:00 Friday ET

Admitting China to the WTO seems ineffective in imparting economic freedom and democracy to the communist regime.

Admitting China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international activities seems ineffective in imparting economic freedom and democracy to th

+See More
A Harvard MBA graduate Camilo Maldonado shares several life lessons and wise insights into personal finance.
James Campbell

2019-05-17 15:24:00 Friday ET

A Harvard MBA graduate Camilo Maldonado shares several life lessons and wise insights into personal finance.

A Harvard MBA graduate Camilo Maldonado shares several life lessons and wise insights into personal finance. People can leverage stock market investments an

+See More
President Trump blames the Federal Reserve for its *crazy tight* interest rate hike.
Becky Berkman

2018-10-13 10:44:00 Saturday ET

President Trump blames the Federal Reserve for its *crazy tight* interest rate hike.

Dow Jones tumbles 3% or 831 points while NASDAQ tanks 4%, and this negative investor sentiment rips through most European and Asian stock markets in early-O

+See More
Net stock issuance theory and practice
Becky Berkman

2022-05-25 09:31:00 Wednesday ET

Net stock issuance theory and practice

Net stock issuance theory and practice Net equity issuance can be in the form of initial public offering (IPO) or seasoned equity offering (SEO). This l

+See More
Joel Mokyr suggests that economic growth arises from a change in cultural beliefs toward technological progress.
John Fourier

2023-11-07 11:31:00 Tuesday ET

Joel Mokyr suggests that economic growth arises from a change in cultural beliefs toward technological progress.

Joel Mokyr suggests that economic growth arises from a change in cultural beliefs toward technological progress. Joel Mokyr (2018)   A culture

+See More
Apple releases the new iOS 13 smartphone features.
John Fourier

2019-07-01 12:35:00 Monday ET

Apple releases the new iOS 13 smartphone features.

Apple releases the new iOS 13 smartphone features. These features include Dark Mode, Audio Share, Memoji, better privacy protection, smart photo collection,

+See More