BMW teams up with Tencent to build computing center in China for autonomous vehicles

By law, foreign companies doing business in China are forbidden from hosting Chinese-origin data without local partnerships. To that end, German luxury car manufacturer BMW has joined forces with Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent to build a computing center in China that will support the development of self-driving cars for the world’s largest automotive market.

The partnership will not involve Tencent’s own self-driving technology, as BMW uses equipment from Intel-owned Mobileye for its autonomous vehicles. Instead, the pair will build a computing center in the eastern city of Tianjin that will be responsible for handling all the data produced by the myriad of sensors that self-driving vehicles depend on.