NXP and Baidu collaborate on Apollo to revolutionise Chinese intelligent vehicles

Automotive semiconductor supplier NXP has announced plans to collaborate with Baidu on its Apollo connected car platform. NXP seeks to bring about a new automotive revolution in China by capitalising on Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies.

NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions including millimetre wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experience technologies. The company also seeks to further its 'BlueBox' development platform that offers low energy consumption, high-performance and functional safety benefits.

Both companies will work together on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks. DuerOS for Apollo, a conversational in-car system from Baidu, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance.

Apollo, which was first announced in April 2017, is Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform which provides a comprehensive, secure, and reliable all-in-one solution which supports many of the major features and functions of today's autonomous vehicles.

According to Baidu, Apollo is "the Android" of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and powerful. It enables partners to assemble their own autonomous vehicles and start their product R&D in a faster way.

Li Zhenyu, general manager of Baidu’s Intelligent Driving Group, said: “The collaboration with NXP is a significant step toward the application of Baidu’s autonomous driving and connected car technologies. NXP's entry into the Apollo platform will inject momentum into our intelligent and autonomous vehicle ecosystem, creating benefits for the intelligent vehicle industry in China and the world.”

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Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices.

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: "Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing and deep learning. We are delighted to reach a strategic partnership in artificial intelligence with Baidu. This powerful collaboration between the two companies will enable more people to experience the excitement of using AI technologies."

Qi Lu, Baidu vice chairman, group president and COO, said: "The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users' experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development. Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart device ecosystem. It is the world's leading company in the IoT industry. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI, and with Baidu's conversational AI system DuerOS, we are using our world-leading AI technologies and information ecosystems to support the development of the IoT industry.”

The duo will start in-depth cooperation in voice, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge graph, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the two companies seek to offer an enhanced experience to users by gaining a better understanding of real scenarios, users and their needs by integrating AI with IoT.

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Baidu and Xiaomi Partner on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

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Leveraging the two companies’ capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), the new partnership aims to make users’ experience more compelling.

Baidu, Inc. and Chinese consumer technology company Xiaomi today announced that the companies have entered into a partnership to establish in-depth cooperation, leveraging the two companies’ strengths in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) in order to offer an enhanced experience to users in consumer electronics and smart devices.

The partnership, revealed at Xiaomi’s first IoT Developer Conference, marks a significant step in boosting China’s smart manufacturing with advanced technologies including AI, IoT and big data. Connecting AI and IoT will be a driving force to upgrade the manufacturing industry.

“The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users’ experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development,” Baidu Vice Chairman, Group President and COO, Qi Lu, said.

“Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart device ecosystem. It is the world’s leading company in the IoT industry. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI, and with Baidu’s conversational AI system DuerOS, we are using our world-leading AI technologies and information ecosystems to support the development of the IoT industry.”

“Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing and deep learning. We are delighted to reach a strategic partnership in artificial intelligence with Baidu. This powerful collaboration between the two companies will enable more people to experience the excitement of using AI technologies,” said Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi.

Currently, Xiaomi has more than 280 million active users worldwide, and has accumulated a huge amount of data. Xiaomi’s IoT platform has more than 85 million connected devices, making it the world’s largest smart hardware platform. Through the launch of the Mi AI Speaker this year, Xiaomi demonstrated AI capabilities applied to its ever-growing IoT platform, and its commitment to further application of its continuing research into AI.

As leaders in AI and IoT, Baidu and Xiaomi will apply AI technologies in more real-life scenarios and provide better experiences to users through the partnership. The two companies will start in-depth cooperation in voice, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge graph, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the two companies will be able to provide users with better experience as they are able to understand real scenarios, users and their needs better by integrating AI with IoT.

The IoT industry is promising and has enormous potential, and the applications of AI technologies are supporting its development. As a leader in AI, Baidu is using its DuerOS conversational AI system to support the development of IoT industry. In July, Badu launched the DuerOS open platform to make voice-enabled devices that can hear, understand and fulfill users’ needs. DuerOS has since added more than 130 partners and is embedded in products including smart phones, TVs, speakers, smart watches and home appliances. DuerOS has created an open platform offering AI technologies to developers who can create their IoT devices at lower costs and with fewer barriers to entry.

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Key Baidu exec leaves to create own AI startup

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Andrew Ng, a co-founder of Coursera and Baidu chief scientist for three years, has left the company to create his own AI startup, called Deeplearning.ai.

Ng has been a prominent face at Baidu, helping the company’s expansion into artificial intelligence and autonomous cars. In his leaving message, Ng said that he wanted to create an “AI community” for developers to share and explore what’s new in the industry.

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Not much has been said about Deeplearning.ai, apart from Baidu confirming that the new startup has “no association” with the company. Ng has not detailed what the startup will try and achieve and whether it’ll be a “community” or a company.

CGTN, who originally reported the news, said that the registration information matched the Sunnyvale, California address where Baidu’s AI research campus is located, hinting at a possible secret collaboration between Ng’s old employer.

AI startups are becoming Silicon Valley’s latest craze, as the drop in price for cloud computing and the capabilities of computers brings AI and deep learning to life. The researchers and experts in the field are coming out from the classrooms and incubators to either join high profile tech companies, which are paying a pretty penny for their talents, or starting a new venture on their own.

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Nvidia and Baidu announce collaboration on AI in the car, home, and cloud

Nvidia and Chinese giant Baidu have announced plans to collaborate on AI technology for self-driving vehicles, cloud computing, and home assistants.

The announcement was made during Baidu’s AI developer conference in Beijing. Baidu president and COO Qi Lu described his company’s plans to work with NVIDIA to:

  • Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world’s leading deep learning platform.

  • Adopt NVIDIA’s DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu’s self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with major Chinese carmakers.

  • Optimize Baidu’s PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework for NVIDIA Volta GPUs and make it widely available to academics and researchers.

  • Bring AI capabilities to Chinese consumers by adding Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI system to NVIDIA SHIELD™ TV.

“Today, we are very excited to announce a comprehensive and deep partnership with NVIDIA,” said Baidu’s Lu at the company’s event. “Baidu and NVIDIA will work together on our Apollo self-driving car platform, using NVIDIA’s automotive technology. We’ll also work closely to make PaddlePaddle the best deep learning framework; advance our conversational AI system, DuerOS; and accelerate research at the Institute of Deep Learning.”

Both partners have invested significant resources into artificial intelligence research but the expertise from both companies will help further their ambitions. Nvidia brings a lot of experience to the partnership from a hardware perspective, while Baidu is the Chinese equivalent of Google with vast experience in machine learning.

“NVIDIA and Baidu have pioneered significant advances in deep learning and AI,” said Ian Buck, NVIDIA vice president and general manager of accelerated computing. “We believe AI is the most powerful technology force of our time, with the potential to revolutionize every industry. Our collaboration aligns our exceptional technical resources to create AI computing platforms for all developers – from academic research, startups creating breakthrough AI applications, and autonomous vehicles.”

Nvidia’s Volta GPUs will be used for Baidu Cloud as part of the agreement, while Nvidia’s self-driving vehicles platform, Drive PX, will be used for Baidu’s efforts in the space with various Chinese automotive manufacturers. Together, the companies will also optimise Baidu’s PaddlePaddle open source deep learning framework for Nvidia Volta and make it broadly accessible to researchers and academic institutions.

Google Assistant will be coming to Nvidia Shield TV as part of an upcoming firmware update but won’t be available in China (at least not officially) due to local restrictions. Baidu will be adding its DuerOS virtual assistant to Shield TV instead.

We’re excited to see where this potentially groundbreaking AI partnership goes and we’ll be sure to keep you updated with any important developments.

What are your thoughts on the AI partnership between Nvidia and Baidu? Let us know in the comments.

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