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BMW surges into self-driving tech with Tencent

German automaker aims to build semi-autonomous cars in 2021

BMW is partnering with Tencent in self-driving technology. (Photo courtesy of BMW)

NEW YORK -- BMW has jumped on the automated-driving bandwagon with another Chinese technology giant, half a decade after teaming up with Baidu.

The German luxury car manufacturer will partner with Tencent Holdings to launch a platform to develop automated-driving technology and products tailored to local customers.

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