Tesla Partners With Baidu for In-car Map Service

Tesla has switched from Tencent Maps to Baidu Maps as its provider of in-car mapping data services in China, the US-based electric vehicle (EV) company announced Friday on its official Weibo account.

Baidu, the company behind China’s largest search engine, will provide map display, real-time traffic conditions, point of interest searches, and other map data services in Tesla vehicles through Baidu’s proprietary scalable vector graphics (SVG) application, according to the press statement.

With Baidu’s data solution car owners can use the navigation with highly accurate maps that support zooming without image quality loss, making it easier to anticipate road conditions.

Tencent-backed Navinfo, which also powers Tencent Maps, has been partnering with Tesla on map data solutions since 2014. Tencent also became a Tesla shareholder in 2017 after buying a 5% stake in the EV maker.

As an early entrant in the autonomous driving sector, Baidu has been striving to commercialize its self-driving technology since 2013. So far, it received 120 licenses for autonomous driving tests with passengers and conducted over 3 billion kilometres of road tests in 23 Chinese cities.

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