Microsoft Cloud to Power Open-Source Apollo Driverless Car Program

Grazed from Government Cloud. Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft and Baidu have signed a deal under which Microsoft’s cloud-computing network will power the Chinese search giant’s autonomous driving project outside of that country’s borders. Baidu earlier this month said Microsoft was among the more than 50 companies pitching in on its open-source Apollo driverless-car program, a bid to jump-start its autonomous-driving program.

Microsoft has taken a back seat in the highly competitive race to develop self-driving cars. Instead of building its own platform to wire the brains of cars or help them see the world around them, the Redmond company has offered its Azure network of on-demand data storage and computing power for other companies to use...

That neutral position has borne some fruit, with several automakers exploring using some portion of Microsoft’s technology in autonomous vehicles...

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