Beijing (PingWest)- Chinese search engine and artificial intelligence giant Baidu signed a three year sales agreement with Velodyne Lidar for its Alpha Prime lidar sensors made for autonomous vehicles.
The Alpha Prime sensors will be utilized for autonomous applications especially for Baidu and its Apollo partners.
The Alpha Prime incorporates intelligent driving technology that helps autonomous vehicles navigate roadways at various speeds, traveling in a range of complex road conditions and produces millions of data points per second in real-time to detect objects, vehicles and people that might pose a collision threat.
The strategic partnership between Baidu and Velodyne can be traced back to 2016 when both parties begun to jointly develop and promote autonomy and safety on roadways.
Apollo is an open platform designed to foster innovation and speed up the development and rollout of autonomous driving and related technologies through collaboration between various Apollo partners.
Since launching Apollo, more than 100 industry partners have joined Apollo, including Chinese automakers FAW Group, Sokon and electric vehicle startup Nio, as well as international car companies including include BMW, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Daimler, as well as chipmakers Intel and Nvidia.