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【レドモンド(米ワシントン州)2017年7月19日PR Newswire=共同通信JBN】マイクロソフト(Microsoft Corp.)とバイドゥ(Baidu Inc.、NASDAQ:BIDU)は19日、自動運転の技術開発と世界規模での導入を目指し提携する計画を発表した。Apolloアライアンスのメンバーであるマイクロソフトは、同社のMicrosoft Azureクラウドを中国国外のApolloに提供することでグローバル規模の展開が可能になる。

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バイドゥ(Baidu, Inc.)は大手の中国語インターネット検索サービスプロバイダーである。バイドゥはテクノロジーによって、複雑な世界をユーザーおよび企業にとってシンプルなものにすることを目指す。バイドゥのADS(米国預託株式)はティッカーシンボル「BIDU」を使ってNASDAQ Global Select Marketで取引されている。現在ADs10単位がクラスA普通株1株に相当する。


マイクロソフト(Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft)はモバイルファースト、クラウドファーストの世界向けのプラットフォームおよびプロダクティビティーをリードする企業であり、そのミッションは世界のすべての人、すべての組織がより多くを実現することを支援する。



ソース:Microsoft Corp.

Baidu and Microsoft join forces in the intelligent cloud to advance autonomous driving


REDMOND, Washington, July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

Microsoft Corp. and Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) today announced plans to partner

in order to take the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving

worldwide. As a member of the Apollo alliance, Microsoft will provide global

scale for Apollo outside of China with the Microsoft Azure cloud.

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"We're excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive

manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving,"

said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, Microsoft. "Today's vehicles

already have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to their

ability to capture data. By applying our global cloud AI, machine learning, and

deep neural network capabilities to that data, we can accelerate the work

already being done to make autonomous vehicles safer."

According to McKinsey, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 will be fully

autonomous,(1) which fuels the need for an ecosystem of partners to collaborate

in support of a common goal. Announced by Baidu in April this year, Apollo is

an open platform that provides a comprehensive, secure and reliable solution

that supports all major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. The

project, named after the historic lunar landing program to illustrate its scale

and complexity, consists of cloud services, an open software stack, and

reference hardware and vehicle platforms. More than 50 partners from a wide

range of sectors have joined the Apollo alliance, including global navigation

and mapping service provider TomTom, tier-one suppliers Bosch and Continental,

and Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing platform Grab.

"We are excited to have Microsoft as part of the Apollo alliance. Our goal with

Apollo is to provide an open and powerful platform to the automotive industry

to further the goal of autonomous vehicles," said Ya-Qin Zhang, president of

Baidu. "By using Azure, our partners outside of China will have access to a

trustworthy and secure public cloud, enabling them to focus on innovating

instead of building their own cloud-based infrastructure."

Microsoft has already been working with leaders in the automotive industry to

help manufacturers ingest huge volumes of sensor and usage data from connected

vehicles and apply that data to deliver actionable intelligence. Companies like

BMW, Ford, Renault-Nissan, Toyota and Volvo are all using or have announced

plans to adopt Microsoft's intelligent cloud technology to help with services

like driver assist, predictive maintenance and voice-controlled media.

As part of the partnership, Baidu and Microsoft plan to explore opportunities

to deliver connected vehicle solutions and unique customer experiences that aim

to digitally transform the autonomous driving industry.

About Baidu

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. Baidu

aims to make a complicated world simpler for users and enterprises through

technology. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the

symbol "BIDU". Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity

company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower

every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.



SOURCE: Microsoft Corp.