Baidu hopes to roll out a platform that can completely handle autonomous driving by the end of 2020.

Microsoft Azure is to be used by Baidu as part of its self-driving car alliance.

Self-driving cars are becoming a popular product in the technology sector, with many large tech companies joining forces with well-known car brands, such as BMW and Toyota, to create the ultimate autonomous car.

Software giant Microsoft, is included in over 50 businesses that joined an Apollo alliance created by Baidu earlier this year.

Within the partnership, Microsoft will be offering cloud infrastructure services via Azure for customers in markets outside China looking to adopt Apollo, described by Baidu as an open, “Android of autonomous driving industry.”

Neither company commented as to why the joint venture wouldn’t be used within the Chinese computing sector; however, with strict controls across the country, Microsoft may not have permission to operate the software there.

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