LONDON: The US car maker Ford Motor Co has signed a letter of intent with Chinese internet search company Baidu Inc to develop artificial intelligence and smart connectivity in cars, as reported by Reuters on Wednesday.
Ford said it will develop new in-vehicle infotainment systems and digital services based on Baidu’s voice-interaction system DuerOS.
“As part of our ‘In China, For China’ strategy, we look forward to working closely to offer smart products and solutions that can make people’s lives easier and more enjoyable,” said Peter Fleet, president of Ford Asia Pacific.
DuerOS will enable car owners to command and communicate with their vehicles using natural language and allow people to easily access information and services that they need in daily life, according to Ford.
The two companies will also set up a joint connectivity lab to investigate innovation opportunities across automotive and mobility businesses in China.