It’s been an up-and-down week for Baidu and its autonomous-driving car vision. On the plus side, the Chinese tech firm yesterday announced that it had begun testing self-driving vehicles in Wuzhen. But, on the negative, its partnership with BMW has reportedly fallen through according to comments from executives.
BMW’s China CEO Olaf Kastner reportedly told Reuters that the alliance is over because “the development pace and the ideas of the two companies are a little different.”
Baidu had been using a fleet of modified 3-series vehicles from BMW, with tests expanding to the U.S. earlier this year. However, its tests in Wuzhen are with vehicles supplied by Chinese automakers BYD, Chery and BAIC.
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