Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD is investing in autonomous driving to catch up with rivals. The company has reportedly hired between 4,000 and 5,000 software engineers recently to work on new technologies and its intelligent driving research division has been moved to Shanghai. BYD, which already sells more electric cars than any rival in China, has set up the division to focus its efforts on developing automated driving technologies. The automaker has also been targeting top Chinese universities for recruitment. Most of its current cars are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) developed by Bosch, but Tesla, Xpeng, Nio, and Li Auto have all developed their own self-driving features, which leave BYD behind. BYD recently teamed up with autonomous driving chip technology providers Nvidia and Horizon Robotics to develop more advanced vehicles.
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