Microsoft joins Baidu Apollo project to advance autonomous driving; global Azure cloud support

By mmillikin Microsoft Corp. and Baidu Inc. plan to partner to take the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving worldwide. As a member of the Baidu-launched Apollo alliance (earlier post), Microsoft will provide global scale for Apollo outside of China with the Microsoft Azure cloud.

The Apollo project, announced earlier this year, intends to provide an open, complete and reliable software platform for its partners in the automotive and autonomous driving industry to develop their own autonomous driving systems with reference vehicles and hardware platform.

Baidu’s Apollo project provides a complete hardware and software service solution that includes a vehicle platform, hardware platform,

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