(Yicai Global) Jan. 12 -- German high-end automaker Mercedes-Benz places great importance on the Chinese car market, the world's largest, and is working with local firms to develop high-precision navigation and self-driving technologies, said Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division.
German carmakers are advancing map, navigation and driving automation technologies in partnership with Chinese internet giants, Zetsche told Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 10.
Mercedes-Benz reported a strong performance in China last year, with sales up 26 percent, he added.
Baidu Inc. [NASDAQ:BIDU], China's largest search engine provider, and leading Chinese automaker BAIC Motor Corp. announced a strategic partnership to work on driverless cars at the Consumer Electronics Show held between Jan. 5 and 8 in Las Vegas.
Baidu instituted its self-driving car project in 2013, setting up a dedicated division in December 2015. It plans to commercialize its driverless cars in 2018, with mass production set for 2020.