First announced in April 2017, Apollo is Baidu’s open autonomous driving platform intended to provide a comprehensive all-in-one solution supporting all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. Baidu refers to Apollo as the Android of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and more powerful, allowing partners to go from zero to one and quickly assemble their own autonomous vehicles and start their product R&D. Apollo has now attracted over 70 global partners.
NXP will provide semiconductor products and solutions for autonomous driving, millimeter wave radar, V2X, security, smart connectivity and in-vehicle experiences
Besides providing semiconductors and technology solutions to the platform, the companies announced that they will leverage NXP’s BlueBox development platform. In addition, the partners will collaborate on sensor integration and high-performance processors for deep learning networks. Baidu’s conversational in-car system, DuerOS for Apollo, will incorporate NXP infotainment solutions for faster time to market and enhanced performance
Earlier, Baidu has already established collaborations with carmakers like BMW and Ford with the goal of boosting the research for autonomous driving.