Today, there are already quite a few developments in the field of creating self-driving cars, but the market has not yet been fully formed and the leader has not been determined. Naturally, many would like to take the main positions in the booming industry. For this, some companies even combine their efforts. As, for example, such giants as Volvo and Baidu, which concluded an agreement on the release of unmanned cars “in the very near future.”
According to available data, companies will share responsibilities in order to speed up the process of producing self-driving cars.
“The main idea is to develop a car as soon as possible. We will be responsible for the development of the automotive platform and the integration of equipment into it, and Baidu for the software and everything connected with it. ”Said Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelson.
It is worth noting that in the summer of this year, the Chinese company has already presented its updated platform for managing auto and navigation systems Apollo 3.0. The platform is open source and has been used by more than 100 different companies. So, Baidu’s experience is extremely good.
In addition, according to the editors of Bloomberg, the collaboration also has a number of advantages. For example, now most companies simply “convert” their stock cars into unmanned vehicles, which leads to some problems with market positioning and makes it difficult to advance. In this case, we are talking about a more ambitious, but at the same time easy integration for creating cars of the fourth level of autonomy. The fourth level implies a completely independent movement of the car, without any human intervention.
That is why, according to all the same Hakan Samuelson, cars may “differ somewhat from our usual cars.” Most likely we mean not only the appearance, but also the internal structure of the cabin. At the same time, the fourth level of autonomy imposes some restrictions, so that cars can only move along highways or other special territories, but not in urban traffic conditions. Companies say that by 2025 they want to occupy a third of the world market of unmanned vehicles.