Chinese technology company Baidu’s electric vehicle manufacturing subsidiary Jidu announces that it has raised $400 million in its recently held series A funding round. Baidu led Jidu’s series A funding round along with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
According to the company, it plans to use the newly raised funds to accelerate the development of its level Robocar, which Jidu recently revealed during Baidu’s Annual Developers’ Conference by the company’s co-founder and CEO, Robin Li, via China’s first metaverse platform named Xirang. Jidu aims to mass-produce its self-driving Robocar by the end of 2023.
Jidu is rapidly positioning its Robocar as the poster child for completely autonomous electric vehicles that incorporate interactive robot emotion and intelligence into the driving experience.
CEO of Jidu, Yiping Xia, said, “With the help of cutting-edge AI know-how mixed with a high-quality car platform and manufacturing course of, Jidu’s environment-friendly improvement of automotive robotic has been confirmed – the mind, nerve system, and physique of the Robocar are all underneath speedy improvement. When the product is delivered, it will likely be a benchmark-level product.”
He further added that their main motive is to offer customers extra revolutionary merchandise that exceeds their expectations. Jaidu earlier claimed that its L4 robocars would be initially deployed as taxis and trucks in designated locations of the country and then expand slowly to provide other related services to customers.
Jidu intends to continue focusing on product development and expanding its business network in order to go forward quickly. Technology giant Baidu’s EV subsidiary Jidu was recently founded in 2021 to popularise electric vehicles and self-driving technology.
The firm specializes in developing and manufacturing various technologies and components used to build self-driving electric cars. Last year, Jidu received $300 million as its startup capital during its establishment.
“I would like to express my special thanks to the entire team who accompanied this project from the scratch,” added Xia.