(Yicai Global) Jan. 8 -- Chinese internet titan Baidu Inc., US graphics card designer Nvidia Corp. and German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG said today that they have teamed up to build an artificial intelligence platform for the Chinese autonomous driving market.
"The collaboration is based on the new Nvidia Drive Xavier, ZF's new ProAI car computer and Baidu's Apollo Pilot, an autonomous driving product targeted for mass production," the Santa Clara-based group quoted Jensen Huang, its founder and chief executive, as saying at the CES global technology event in Las Vegas today.
Baidu and ZF demonstrated a driverless valet parking system yesterday. It "supports a feature that can drive a vehicle to a parking space and back without driver input," ZF said in a press release Jan. 5. "This can be performed using a smartphone app." It is the first product the two firms have rolled out since they signed a cooperation agreement in the fall last year.
Baidu and Nvidia announced an autonomous driving partnership in 2016. They introduced the Apollo open platform for self-driving developers last year. Baidu will release Apollo 2.0 at CES.
Road tests of self-driving vehicles with Apollo 2.0 began on Jan. 5 in California.