Ford partners to develop autonomous vehicles in China

Ford Motor Co. has partnered with a Chinese company to test self-driving vehicles in the world’s largest auto market.

The Dearborn-based automaker announced Wednesday it would team up with Baidu Inc., China’s equivalent of Google, on a two-year autonomous-vehicle testing project aimed at developing the self-driving vehicles and testing them on roads in China.

Ford’s latest move in China comes a week after the automaker decided it would break its Chinese business unit away from what was previously called its Asia Pacific region. Ford appointed Anning Chen to CEO of Ford China. Chen aims to get Ford caught up in that market, where an aging lineup has hindered Ford this year.