Now, we've covered Baidu's open-sourcebefore, and it's this that has Toyota knocking on Baidu's door, or at least a version of it. Toyota wants a leg up in developing the autonomous capabilities of its and it's going to use a version of Apollo called the Minibus that's been designed just for that purpose.
The partnership with Toyota won't stop there, though. The companies will also work to integrate Apollo technology into future self-driving vehicles, though it's unclear whether these will be passenger cars meant to be sold to the public, or part of a service.
Not content to let Toyota have all the fun at Baidu's party, Geely -- aka the company that owns both Volvo and Lotus -- will also be working with the Chinese search giant, though this time it will be less focused on self-driving hardware and more focused on artificial intelligence.