Baidu and Microsoft plan to explore opportunities to deliver connected vehicle solutions and unique customer experiences that aim to digitally transform the autonomous driving industry.
The press release also mentions Baidu will be "using Azure" outside of China, and that Microsoft will be "applying our global cloud AI, machine learning and deep neural network capabilities to that data" in helping make autonomous vehicles safer.
Just a reminder: Microsoft shifted gears in the automotive market a year ago. Instead of trying to convince car makers to embed Windows in cars, Microsoft is now focusing on cloud-connected car scenarios via its "Microsoft Connected Vehicle" strategy.
Microsoft is now aiming to get more vehicles to use Microsoft cloud services, like Office 365 and Azure, rather than continuing to try to get Windows itself inside cars via "Windows Automotive" or some other embedded Windows variant.