Alibaba Cloud and Deloitte to develop applications for autonomous vehicles in China

Alibaba Cloud and Deloitte China have allied for set up facilities focused on the development of applications for the automotive sector. In concept, for autonomous vehicles. This new center is intended to address a sector that, by all accounts, will be the site of the largest autonomous vehicle industry by 2035.

It will be called the Deloitte-Alibaba Cloud Auto Industry Center, and it will be in charge of developing, among other applications, autonomous driving, intelligent manufacturing and digital marketing. It will be supported by Deloitte China’s automotive cloud services team, specializing in products and services covering digital supply chain, smart grid connectivity and cybersecurity. It will also use Alibaba’s cloud computing resources for Artificial Intelligence and networking. Both companies have indicated that with their agreement they hope to facilitate the deployment in the cloud and the digitization efforts of the automotive sector.

According to him Head of the automotive sector of Deloitte China, Andy Zhou, and data from the consultancy, China is expected to be the main market for autonomous vehicles or cars in 2035, with more than 5.7 million vehicles without a driver. A remarkable figure, if one takes into account that by 2030 there are expected to be 82.5 million autonomous vehicles worldwide. Zhou has pointed out that “China’s autonomous driving sector is leading a new era driven by technological competition, ecology, consumer perceptions and regulations«.

Alibaba currently provides cloud services to more than 70% of China’s automotive industry, according to Li Qiang, Head of the company’s vehicle sectorwho has stated that «As software-defined vehicles become more popular, we look forward to further supporting more companies’ digitalization path and eventually going cloud-native to reap the benefits of fully digitizing the entire value chain. the vehicles«.

China announced just a few days ago its first proposal for rules on the deployment of autonomous public transport vehicles. Among them the buses of its rapid bus transit system (Bus Rapid Transit). They classify this type of vehicle into three main groups based on their autonomy capacity, and will allow autonomous vehicles to provide taxi services in controllable scenarios. In addition, they offer a point of reference to local entities.

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