I have been remiss in not mentioning all the press around Baidu’s newest efforts to build a self-driving car in Silicon Valley.
The latest news is that Baidu signed a partnership with NVIDIA, although it’s not clear to what extent this differs from the vendor-customer relationship that NVIDIA has with many automotive companies.
What is less obvious to me is why Baidu is putting so much effort into building a self-driving car center in Silicon Valley, instead of China or even Detroit.
It makes sense for them to have a presence here, as does almost every automotive company, but it seems like Baidu has gone beyond that and is centering their entire AV effort here.
Does anybody know the story on that?