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Toyota to join Baidu's self-driving platform Apollo

Trade war makes it imperative to develop technology in China

Baidu self-driving buses cruise take a test drive in China. (Photo courtesy of the company)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor will sign on to the Apollo self-driving platform led by Chinese internet search provider Baidu, as Beijing bolsters efforts to commercialize the technology amid a growing rivalry with the U.S.,Nikkei has learned.

Launched in 2017, Apollo is an open-source platform powered by machine learning that partner companies can use to develop their own self-driving technologies. By using expertise gleaned from the project, Toyota hopes to advance its own development of autonomous vehicles in China.

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