Audi has announced that it has entered into partnerships with Chinese tech companies including Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to develop solutions for connected cars of the future. Audi’s Chinese division, First Automobile Works (FAW)- Volkswagen has acknowledged that it has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) in Shanghai, china.
Audi says the collaboration will be supported by its large research and development facility in China, where key future technologies such as connected car, piloted driving, new energy vehicles and digital services are being developed and tested.. The partners will work in the areas of data analysis, building a platform for internet-vehicle and an urban intelligent transport, with each with a different focus.
Alibaba will provide Audi vehicles with data of integrated traffic updates in real time and the first premium manufacturer in China to offer high-resolution 3D maps.
Baidu will launch Baidu CarLife in its Audi’s local model lineup in 2017, where a seamless integration will take place between Baidu’s apps and customer’s digital devices and their cars.
Tencent will provide an integrated WeChat MyCar services into several of its models. WeChat is a one of Asia’s leading communications services app with over 700 million active users. The features to be integrated are location and music sharing.
Audi China president Joachim Wedler said of the collaboration that:
“China has become an important lead market for digital technologies. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are strong innovators. We are determined to work with them on features for the connected car of the future.”