A fleet of vehicles is seen equipped with Baidu’s autonomous driving technologies. Photo: Reuters / Baidu

Baidu’s Apollo self-driving platform alliance has just gotten additional help from Microsoft, reports TechCrunch.

Microsoft’s Azure Cloud was already a member of the alliance, but has now pledged to provide cloud infrastructure services for customers outside of China looking to Adopt Appolo.

Baidu’s group president and COO described Apollo at a conference earlier this month:

“Apollo is an important milestone for the automotive industry,” Lu said at the conference. “It is in essence the ‘Android’ of the autonomous driving industry, but more open and more powerful. Apollo is not solely Baidu’s. It belongs to everyone in the ecosystem. And as we and our partners contribute to the platform in our areas of specialty, we all gain more, with the results far greater than just our own.”