The map services will also offer accurate maps that support zooming without losing image quality.
However, neither Tesla nor Baidu explicitly identified the name of the mapping company Baidu Maps will be replacing. Navinfo, a Tencent-backed mapping firm that has partnered with Tesla since the latter’s entry into China in 2014, downplayed the announcement, saying on its own Weibo account that its cooperation with Tesla will not be affected.
Observers say that Tesla’s recent partnering with Baidu might stem from the search engine’s capabilities in high-definition mapping, one of the key technologies that enable autonomous driving, a field in which Tesla also operates.
In 2018, Baidu signed a deal with Great Wall Motors to equip the Chinese carmaker’s WEY-branded cars with high-precision mapping and self-positioning technologies, an important step toward making its Apollo self-driving platform marketable.
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