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Audi signs a collaboration deal with Chinese tech companies

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Audi has signed a memurandum of understanding between three very sucessful and important tech companies in China - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Baidu Inc and Tencent Holdings Ltd.

According to Audi, the agreement will help to enhance the development of connected cars in Audi's newest regional market, especially in the area of internet-vehicle platforms, data analysis and intelligent urban transport.

Alibaba and Audi are already in a cooperation to integrate real-time traffic data and high resolution 3D map systems. Next year will be the year of Audi launching Baidu CarLife apps in the local models.

Tencent currently work on the integration of WeChat MyCar services into Audi, focusing on the location sharing and music sharing features first.

Joachim Wedler, the president of Audi China, also said that "China has become an important leading market for digital technologies. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are strong innovators. We are determined to work with them on features for the connected car of the future".

Despite this, an Audi spokesman said it was too early to specify any concrete investments the company may plan as a result of the partnership.

The collaboration should help Audi to improve the use of smartphone apps in its cars as well as to develop computer-aided services for drivers.