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WM Motor Rolls Out New Self-Parking Electric Car Powered by Baidu Tech

Ding Yi / Jan 20, 2021 06:44 PM / Business & Tech

With Apollo Go

With Apollo Go

Chinese new energy car manufacturer WM Motor has rolled out a new mass-produced pure electric sport utility vehicle it has co-developed with Baidu’s Apollo platform that gives third-party partners access to key self-driving technologies.

The new car, named the W6, is fitted with Baidu’s cloud-based automated valet parking system, allowing a driver to simply press a button to let the car automatically drive in and out of parking spots, WM Motor said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the future, the two companies will also team up to develop more self-driving technologies that can be applied to different scenarios, the statement said.

The W6’s rollout comes as Baidu seeks ways to monetize the Apollo platform, which has attracted a host of traditional carmakers, tech firms and higher education institutions to join.

Last week, Baidu announced a deal to set up a new smart electric vehicle company in partnership with domestic car manufacturer Geely, which will see the search engine giant provide intelligent driving technologies as the automaker oversees the manufacture of actual cars.

WM Motor said that it sold a total of 22,495 vehicles in 2020, up 33.3% from a year ago.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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