BEIJING, June 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baidu, Inc.(NASDAQ:BIDU) and China Mobile today announced a comprehensive strategic cooperation in frontier areas such as artificial intelligence, big data and 5G, leveraging their respective core strengths therein. Baidu Chairman and CEO Robin Li, China Mobile Chairman Bing Shang and senior executives from the two companies attended a signing ceremony in Beijing.

“AI is rapidly being integrated into all facets of life, bringing innumerable new opportunities for the development of the industry. The combination of AI and telecommunications has huge room for innovation and will create more new experiences for users,” said Robin Li at the signing.

In addition to the in-depth cooperation in network traffic, channels and basic services, the two companies will use Baidu’s leading technologies and algorithms in the areas of image recognition, voice recognition and natural language processing to explore creative applications of AI in the telecommunications industry.

The two companies will explore the emerging field of autonomous driving and the commercialization of AI in intelligent devices and connected homes. In the future, the cooperation aims to bring China Mobile into Baidu’s Apollo platform, develop the connected car market and explore the integration of DuerOS into intelligent vehicle systems. Apollo, an open platform positioned as the “Android of autonomous driving”, has amassed over 100 partners since its launch last year, including OEMs, Tier-1 suppliers and startups. 5G is an indispensable fundamental technology for autonomous driving, and the participation of mobile operators like China Mobile is of great significance in promoting the rapid development of the autonomous driving ecosystem.

Under the cooperation, users can enjoy discounted data plans for 13 Baidu products, including Baidu App, iQIYI and Baidu PostBar. This marks the first time that China Mobile has customized a multi-application, discounted data product for an Internet company. This offering is expected to be officially launched as soon as the end of June.

For Baidu and China Mobile, this cooperation represents a major milestone towards advancing innovative technologies and business models. Their collective strengths will enable accelerated ecosystem development across industries, improve service efficiency and user experience, and serve as the impetus for a new era of win-win in AI and telecommunications.

About Baidu Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. Baidu aims to make a complex world simpler through technology. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU". Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

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