Chinese internet giant Tencent and domestic carmaker Geely have agreed to co-develop intelligent vehicle technologies, the latest cross-industry partnership between a tech firm and traditional automaker.
The deal will see the two work on smart car cockpits characterized by more mobile and mobility services applications. They will also explore testing of autonomous driving systems, according to a company statement released on Tuesday.
In addition, the pair will team up to promote the auto industry’s low-carbon development, the statement said. Last week, Tencent unveiled a carbon neutral plan and vowed to make use of its advanced technologies to reduce emissions.
Tencent has been investing in the self-driving car sector using its artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies, which are key for driverless vehicles. Apart from testing its own autonomous vehicles in China, the Shenzhen-based tech titan has also provided financial support to several self-driving vehicle startups like Momenta.
For Geely, the deal is its third car manufacturing partnership with a tech company announced this month. Last week, Geely said it would establish a smart electric vehicle firm with Baidu, which has delved into self-driving technology for years under its Apollo platform. Days later, Geely announced a separate agreement with iPhone assembler Foxconn, which will see the pair set up a joint venture to provide contract manufacturing for global carmakers.
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