FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Daimler will make software from web services company Baidu available in Mercedes-Benz cars sold in China as part of deepening ties between carmakers and consumer technology companies.
Daimler and Chinese tech giant Baidu unveiled the partnership on Monday at the consumer electronics show CES in Shanghai.
The Mercedes-Benz cars will include Baidu software that allows users to access content from their smartphones via their dashboards, such as music and Internet services.
The companies did not say when the first cars including the Baidu application would be produced.
Carmakers are seeking to expand and enhance information and entertainment services available in vehicles, as well as smartphone compatibility.
Nokia maps business
The deal comes as the battle heats up among automakers to buy Nokia's maps business, which is regarded as an important asset to develop self-driving cars.
Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's unit HERE, a report said last week, citing sources.
They are competing with a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China's Tencent and Navinfo, people familiar with the process have told Reuters.
Separately, Daimler said on Saturday it would explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as the recharging of electric cars without cables, in partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm.