China at the forefront of development of robot-operated cars

New MoU between Hyundai Motor Group and Baidu aims to enhance AI-operated car developments


Baidu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Motor Group to enhance and expedite the development of connected car technology.

The agreement will utilize Chinese multinational technology company Baidu's artificial intelligence (AI) in-car operating system, Xiaodu, to enhance the application of AI via next-generation technologies and product innovation in vehicles.

Hyundai Motor Group director Kyowoong Choo said, "Through our partnership with Baidu, we will develop industry-leading connected vehicles that exceed customer expectations."

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The MoU will incorporate big data, maps, AI and portal services, as well as real-time traffic status and live information about users' end destination. Currently, Hyundai Motor Group vehicles incorporate a number of smart solutions including dashboard, smart rearview mirror, infotainment and an in-vehicle robot. Hyundai and Baidu will collaboratively work to create vehicles embedded with Xiaodu in-car OS for volume production.

IoV robot Xiaodu offers drivers seamless communication within vehicles; the robot interactively responds to drivers and passengers for functions such as navigation, ventilation, media and door locks. Additionally, Xiaodu includes a safety feature which alerts drivers when it detects fatigue and careless driving.

"The convergence of ICT and automotive industry is happening at an unprecedented rate, motivating us to develop and provide new possibilities for our customers," Kyowoong Choo remarked.

According to data from market intelligence provider International Data Corporation, China’s connected vehicle and electric vehicle market size will grow from $4.87bn in 2016 to $10.5bn by 2021.

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