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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    BMW builds new USD2.2 billion factory in China to accelerate EV production
    German luxury carmaker BMW has set up a new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant in Shenyang, China, as part of its capacity expansion drive to accelerate the production of EVs in the world’s largest EV market, the company announced on 23 June 2022. According to BMW, with an overall investmen...
    24-Jun-2022 News Investments
    CATL launches EVOGO battery swap services in Hefei, China
    Contemporary Amperex Energy Service Technology Ltd. (CAES), a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s largest EV battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL), has launched its EVOGO battery swap services in Hefei, which is the capital of east China's Anhui Province, the comp...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    CATL launches Qilin battery capable of delivering over 1,000 km in a single charge
    Mainland China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL) has launched its all-new Qilin battery, which is built on the company’s third-generation cell-to-pack (CTP) technology, the company announced on 23 June 2022. It said that the Qilin battery offers a rec...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    Sinomine invests USD200 million to expand operations at Bikita lithium mine
    Reuters reported on 17 June that Chinese mining company Sinomine Resource Group had launched a USD200 million investment to build a new plant and expand mining operations at the Bikita lithium mine it acquired recently. The company acquired the mine for USD180 million in January from Mauritius’...
    21-Jun-2022 News Investments
    BYD’s battery arm FinDreams Battery starts production at Shaoxing plant
    BYD’s battery arm FinDreams Battery has started production operations at its new plant in Shaoxing, which is located in East China's Zhejiang province, a news report published by CNEVPOST on 15 June 2022 said, citing a press release issued by the local government. The report said that FinDreams...
    17-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Huawei to supply auto components to Chery, JAC Motors, and Arcfox
    Huawei has finalized business cooperation with automakers including Chery, JAC Motors and Arcfox, PanDaily reported on 14 June, citing an article by 36Kr. Huawei is said to help develop at least two car models with Chery and at least one model with JAC Motors. The company will develop a model based ...
    Solvay doubles EV battery binder material capacity in China
    Belgian chemical company Solvay announced via press release on 13 June that it had doubled the production capacity of its high-performance polymer Solef® polyvinylidene fluoride at its Changshu site ahead of schedule. According to the press release, the investment to increase capacity was driven...
    14-Jun-2022 News Investments
    CATL begins production at first battery plant in south China’s Guangdong Province
    China’s largest battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has commenced production operations at its first EV battery plant situated in Zhaoqing production base, which is located in Zhaoqing High-tech Zone, south China’s Guangdong Province, the company said on 30 May 2022. The...
    13-Jun-2022 News Investments
    China’s BYD to soon begin supplying batteries to US EV maker Tesla
    Chinese EV and battery maker BYD plans to soon begin supplying batteries to US electric carmaker Tesla, according to a report published by CNEVPOST on 8 June 2022. The report cited BYD’s Executive Vice President Lian Yubo, who gave an interview to the state-owned media CGTN. The interview was...
    09-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Birla Carbon to expand global carbon black production capacity by 200 KMT
    Indian carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon announced via press release on 31 May that it will expanding its global carbon black manufacturing capacity by 200 kilo metric tons (KMT) in response to increased demands for the material from the rubber and specialty applications markets. According t...
    03-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Gotion High-Tech unveils semi-solid flow battery with capacity density of 360Wh/kg
    Chinese battery maker Gotion High-Tech unveiled a number of new products including a semi-solid flow battery with a capacity density of 360 Wh/kg at its 11th Technology Conference that was organized on 27 and 28 May, the company said on 1 June 2022. Gotion’s 2022 technology conference had a the...
    02-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Mitsubishi Chem to increase low-expansion LiB anode production capacity in China
    Japanese chemical company Mitsubishi announced via press release on May 30 that it will be expanding the production capacity of low-expansion natural graphite battery anode materials at its sites in the Shangdong Province, China. According to the press release, the company will be expanding produ...
    01-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Jiangsu General Science Technology to invest USD300 million in new Cambodian tire plant
    The Phnom Penh Post reported on 25 May that Wuxi-based tire company Jiangsu General Science Technology Co Ltd has invested nearly USD300 million to build the largest tire factory in the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Cambodia. According to the report, the project is expected to be ...
    31-May-2022 News Investments
    EV maker NIO plans to build R&D facility for Li-ion batteries in Shanghai
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO plans to build a new research and development facility in Shanghai, a news report published by Pandaily said on 24 May 2022, citing Shanghai Enterprises and Institutions Environmental Information Disclosure Platform. It said that the planned research and devel...
    Geely, Farasis Energy to build second battery plant in China
    Geely, one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in China, and its battery supplier Farasis Energy have begun constructing their second EV battery plant project, which is located in the Fuling district, Chongqing, southwest China, a report filed by CNEVPOST said on 19 May 2022, citing a company annou...
    27-May-2022 News Investments
    BMW partners with local recycler to reuse secondary battery materials in China
    German automaker BMW announced via press release on 25 May that its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) had for the first time established a closed loop for the application of nickel, lithium, and cobalt, recovered from unsuitable batteries, in new electric vehicles (EVs). Accor...
    Huayou to accelerate development of Arcadia lithium mine with USD300 million investment
    News agency Reuters reported on 24 May that mainland Chinese lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery materials producer Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt will be investing USD300 million to accelerate development of its newly acquired Arcadia lithium mine in Zimbabwe. According to the news report, the new investment w...
    26-May-2022 News Investments
    Baidu expands autonomous vehicle fleet in Beijing
    Beijing authorities has issued a new batch of driverless licenses to Baidu, PanDaily reported on 23 May. Baidu has increased the number of autonomous vehicles in Beijing to 20 and is targeting another 20 shortly. Baidu increased the number of boarding points to nearly 300. The ten new driverless, fu...
    Zhongke Electric to set up new 100,000-ton battery anode plant in Sichuan, China
    Chinese supplier Zhongke Electric announced via press release on 16 May that it had decided to set up a lithium-ion battery anode material integration plant in Meishan, Sichuan, mainland China. According to the press release, the new plant is expected to have a production capacity of 100,000 tons...
    24-May-2022 News Investments
    SAIC-GM-Wuling to equip steering systems on Chinese models with proprietary locally-made chips
    Joint venture between SAIC Motor, General Motors, and Liuzhou Wuling, SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) announced via press release on 14 May that its first proprietary electric power steering (EPS) controller had rolled off the production line. According to SGMW, development of the new locally made controll...
    Taiwan’s Phihong Technology plans to unveil new EV charging solutions
    Taiwan-based electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment manufacturer Phihong Technology plans to unveil its new portfolio of EV charging solutions for the global market at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, in Long Beach, California, according to a report published by Fuels Fix on 9 May 202...
    18-May-2022 News New Products
    Gotion Hi-Tech, JEMSE to extract and refine lithium in northwest Argentina
    Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer Guoxuan (Gotion) High-Tech announced via stock exchange release on 10 May that it had signed an MoU with Argentinian state-owned mining company Jujuy Energía y Minería Sociedad del Estado (JEMSE) to set up a lithium supply chain in the Jujuy Province. Ac...
    16-May-2022 News Investments
    Domo Chemicals to increase polyamide production capacity in mainland China
    Belgian chemicals company Domo Chemicals announced via a press release on 29 April that it will invest to expand production capacity of Technyl poylamide (PA) plastics at its sites in mainland China. According to the press release, the decision to invest in new capacity was driven by a growi...
    04-May-2022 News Investments
    Solid-state battery startup ProLogium appoints Renault-Nissan veteran Gilles Normand
    Taiwan-based solid-state battery startup ProLogium Technology has appointed Gilles Normand as the Executive Vice President – International Development, effective immediately, the company said on 22 March 2022. Normand, who will report directly to the CEO and founder Vincent Yang, has worked with R...
    BYD stops production of ICE cars, to focus only on EVs and PHEVs
    Leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD Company Ltd has stopped the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles since March 2022, the company said in a regulatory filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on 3 April 2022. BYD said that it would only focus on manufactu...
    Bosch, Mitsubishi partner Blue Pack Smart Energy to begin battery swap pilot project in China
    German automotive supplier Bosch, Mitsubishi Corporation have partnered China-based battery-swap service provider Blue Park Smart Energy (BPSE) to focus on creating innovative solutions around Battery as a Service (BaaS), Bosch said on 1 April 2022. Notably, BPSE, which is a part of the BAIC Grou...
    COVID-19: Thyssenkrupp closes facility in Shanghai until 6 April to comply with local regulations
    German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG, which is also a supplier of automotive parts such as steering systems, dampers, camshafts, chassis, and body-in-white (BIW), has closed its facility in Shanghai until 6 April 2022 to comply with locally enforced COVID-19-related restrictions, according to a ...
    EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies expands R&D, assembly capacity in mainland China
    EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH (EKPO), which is a joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, announced on 30 March 2022 that the company is expanding its research and development and assembly capabilities at its facility in Suzhou, mainland China. The company said that while it has...
    01-Apr-2022 News Investments
    Shell, BYD partner on EV charging network across Europe and China
    London-based oil and gas company Shell plc and Chinese automaker BYD have signed a strategic cooperation agreement that focuses on accelerating the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles in Europe and China, Shell announced on 24 March 2022. The two companies will collaborate on a number of area...
    Volkswagen China signs MoUs with Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan Group to secure battery supply chain
    Volkswagen Group (China) has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan Group to set up two joint ventures (JVs), securing the upstream and downstream of the battery cathode material supply chain, the company said in an official statement released on 21 March 2022. ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Chinese EV maker BYD hikes prices on surging raw material costs
    Chinese EV maker BYD Co. Ltd. plans to raise the price of its models in the range of USD471 to USD942 on the back of the rising cost of raw materials, according to a Reuters report filed on 16 March 2022. It further mentioned that the price increase would be implemented from Wednesday, adding that c...
    Nio partners with Chinalco for aluminum R&D and supply
    Chinese alumina producer Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chinalco) announced on its WeChat account on 3 February that it had signed an agreement with Chinese OEM Nio for the supply and R&D of automotive aluminum. According to the announcement, the two companies agreed to deepen coopera...
    IAT Technology forms JV to develop skateboard chassis systems
    Chinese manufacturer of automobiles and auto parts IAT Automobile Tech Co announced on 19 February that it was forming a joint venture (JV), Shenzhen Gecko Innovation Technology Co., Ltd., with three other companies, for the design and development of vehicle skateboard chassis systems. According ...
    Tuopu Group sets up new USD314 million skateboard chassis subsidiary
    Mainland Chinese manufacturer of lightweight chassis systems and intelligent drive systems Ningbo Tuopu announced on 11 February that it has set up a new wholly owned subsidiary Tuopu Skateboard Chassis (Ningbo) Co., Ltd. on 10 February. Tuopu stated that the subsidiary, registered...
    Arkema boosts PVDF capacity expansion in Changshu to 50%
    French chemicals company Arkema announced via press release on 26 January that it would be revising upwards its previously announced fluoropolymer (PVDF) capacity increase at its Changshu site in China from 35 to 50%. According to the press release, the increase is driven by a strong de...
    25-Feb-2022 News Investments
    Cipia’s Driver Sense to be integrated in two car models by a mainland Chinese OEM
    Cipia has partnered with a mainland Chinese automaker, under which its Driver Sense driver monitoring solution (DMS) will be integrated in two new models, a company press release dated 31 January read. The deployment will use an IR sensor placed above the steering wheel column, which will run on ...
    EV maker NIO installs 800 battery-swapping stations in mainland China, targets 1,300 stations by end 2022
    Electric carmaker and one of the leading battery-swapping network providers, NIO has installed 800 electric vehicle (EV) battery-swapping stations in mainland China, with the last 100 stations coming up in the past 33 days, the company said on 26 January 2022. “NIO’s 800th battery-swapping st...
    01-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Baidu and Geely invest USD400 million in electric car venture Jidu
    Chinese technology company Baidu and leading carmaker Geely have announced that the two companies are jointly investing nearly USD400 million in their electric car venture Jidu’s series A funding round, according to a report filed by CNBC on 26 January 2022. The two companies had partnered to esta...
    27-Jan-2022 News Investments
    Dongfeng Honda to set up a new dedicated EV production plant in China
    Honda Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly owned Honda subsidiary in China, announced on 6 January 2022 that Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd., plans to build a new dedicated EV production plant in an attempt to create a sufficient production system and capability to prepare for the expans...
    BMW recalls select iX3 EVs in mainland China over welding issues
    BMW has recalled select iX3 electric vehicles in mainland China over welding issues, PanDaily reported on 24 December, citing Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation. Poor welding quality at the site of plug-in pins for the internal contact point system in the battery in some vehicles cou...
    29-Dec-2021 News Recalls
    Asahi Kasei wins Li-ion separator patent lawsuit against Shenzhen Xu Ran
    Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei announced via press release on 1 December that the Beijing Intellectual Property Court had decided to maintain the company’s Chinese patent on lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery separators in response to Chinese battery part manufacturer Shenzhen Xu Ran’s inv...
    5GAA signs MOU with China Society of Automotive Engineers
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) has partnered with the China Society of Automotive Engineers (China-SAE) for connected and intelligent mobility, the group said in a press release on 13 December. 5GAA and China-SAE will share assets and knowledge about intelligent and connected vehicles, and&...
    GAC Group teams up with WeRide and On Time for development and mass production of Robotaxis
    According to a 16 December press release on KrASIA, Guangzhou-based WeRide, an autonomous driving startup known in China for its robotaxi and robobus pilot programs, announced on 14 December that the company has received a strategic investment from major automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group, or GAC ...
    Chip shortage: Automakers’ plan to ensure supply of chips and guide their design
    Ford Motor took a step toward in addressing the chip shortage challenge in November, announcing a collaboration that will allow GlobalFoundries (GF) to increase supplies of semiconductors for Ford for its current vehicle lineup, as well as research and development (R&D) purposes. Ford already pu...
    Pony.ai begins autonomous driving public road testing in Shenzhen
    Pony.ai received a permit to conduct road tests in Shenzhen, according to official press dated 10 December. Pony.ai can now begin public road testing in Shenzhen, a significant milestone for the company's newly opened Shenzhen research and development center. Pony.ai is now testing robo-taxi service...
    Mercedes-Benz meets legal requirements of UN-R157 for Level 3 system
    Mercedes-Benz is the first automotive company, according to an official press release dated December 10, to meet the stringent legal requirements of UN-R157 for a Level 3 system for conditionally automated driving. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has granted system approval for th...
    Cabot to expand battery materials production in mainland China with Tokai Carbon acquisition
    US performance materials company Cabot Corporation announced via press release on 15 November that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tokai Carbon (Tianjin) Co., Ltd from Tokai Carbon group for USD9 million. According to the press release, Tokai’s carbon black manufacturing facil...
    Xiaomi reveals the patent for its autonomous driving technology
    According to a press release on TechGenyz dated 3 December, the Xiaomi car is in full production, with the official stating that mass production will begin in 2024. Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd. recently announced a patent for "autonomous driving control methods, equipment, and storage me...
    Geely selects Tenneco CVSAe for Lynk & Co 09
    US automotive parts manufacturer Tenneco announced via press release on 18 November that its CVSAe electronically controlled damping system had been selected for OE fitment on Geely’s new Lynk & Co 09 flagship sport utility vehicle (SUV). According to the press release, the 09 SUV will...
    Geely selects Tenneco’s CVSAe semi-active suspension for the new ZEEKR 001
    US automotive parts manufacturer Tenneco announced via press release on 2 November that its semi-active suspension technology CVSAe will debut in China on Chinese automaker Geely’s new premium electric shooting brake ZEEKR 001. According to the press release, the CVSAe, one of the several ...
    China outlines new rules to safeguard drivers' rights in ride-hailing industry
    According to a Reuters press release dated 29 November, China outlined new rules to protect the rights of drivers in its massive ride-hailing industry, requiring operators to provide them with social insurance and make their earnings public. In a statement, the transport ministry said ride-hailin...
    JiDU, Baidu, and Qualcomm to build China's first production vehicle powered by Gen4 Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit
    According to a press release issued on the 29 November on Green Car Congress, Baidu, JiDU Automotive, and Qualcomm Technologies announced that JiDU's first production vehicle will include an intelligent digital cockpit system aided by Baidu and Qualcomm Technologies. This system is built on Qualc...
    Pony.ai receives approval for paid autonomous robo-taxi services in Beijing
    According to a press release published on Business Wire on 30 November, Pony.ai has been granted permission to operate paid autonomous robo-taxi services in the Beijing Intelligent Networked Vehicle Policy Pilot Zone in southeastern Beijing. Pony.ai will be able to charge fees for robo-taxi ser...
    Xiaomi to open EV manufacturing plant in Beijing
    Xiaomi will build an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant with the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles annually in Beijing, Reuters reported on 27 November, citing mainland Chinese authorities. The plant is set to be constructed in two phases and Xiaomi will also built its auto unit's headquar...
    Pony.ai opens R&D center in Shenzhen as fifth R&D site globally
    According to a press release published on Business Wire on 19 November, Pony.ai announced the establishment of a research and development center in Shenzhen, its fifth research and development (R&D) site worldwide. It marks the official start of a strategic layout and R&D network in the G...
    Parkopedia, MXNavi to provide parking payment services to Honda drivers in mainland China
    Parkopedia has announced a partnership with MXNavi which will see Honda vehicles in mainland China integrate parking and payment services directly into the vehicle head unit, according to a company press release on 27 October. In-vehicle voice assistant will provide drivers of the latest Honda Ci...
    Innoviz Technologies collaborates with JueFX to improve road safety and traffic alerts for autonomous vehicles in China
    Innoviz Technologies announced its collaboration with JueFX, an innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology company focusing on developing location-based services (LBS) data engines and offering onboard applications for autonomous driving, in an official press release dated 3 November....
    Start-up Human Horizons announces All-New Digital GT-HiPhi Z
    According to a press release on PR Newswire dated 8 November, Human Horizons, China's high-end futuristic electric vehicle (EV) start-up, has unveiled its second flagship model after the HiPhi X, named HiPhi Z, which is expected to begin deliveries in 2022. The HiPhi Z is still a concept vehicle,...
    09-Nov-2021 News New Products
    ADLINK Technology partners with Askey Computer to develop C-V2X solution
    ADLINK Technology has partnered with Askey Computer, Institute for Information Industry (III) and Excellence Opto to develop and deploy an end-to-end cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) solution, it said in a press release on 27 October. The collaboration integrates artificial intelligence (AI)-e...
    Polypore forms JV with SEMCORP to sell Li-ion battery separators in China
    Delaware-based materials company Polypore announced via press release on 22 September that it had formed a joint venture (JV) with Chinese company Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. (SEMCORP) to manufacture and sell Li-ion dry-process battery separators in China. According to...
    Autocrypt showcases interoperability of V2X security solution at testing event
    AutoCrypt has showcased the interoperability of its AutoCrypt V2X security solution at the C-V2X Cross-Industry Pilot Plugfest held alongside the 2021 China-SAE Congress and Exhibition in Shanghai, mainland China from 19–21 October. AutoCrypt also showcased its latest technologies and offe...
    Velodyne Lidar showcases automotive lidar solutions at Auto Guangzhou 2021
    Velodyne Lidar will demonstrate its innovative lidar solutions at Auto Guangzhou 2021 (Hall B, Booth C11) from 19–21 November in Canton Fair Complex, Guangzhou, China, according to a press release on Business wire dated 28 October. The theme of Auto Guangzhou 2021 is "New Technology, New Life," wh...
    01-Nov-2021 News New Products
    Chery New Energy and Cowarobot to jointly develop automated vehicles
    According to a news release on Pandaily dated 22 October, Chery New Energy Automotive Technology signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Anhui Cowarobot. The strategic cooperation between the two parties enables Cowarobot to integrate its technology developments with application in the...
    Daimler opens a new USD172 million R&D Tech Center in Beijing, China
    German vehicle manufacturer Daimler AG announced on 20 October that it has opened a new research and development (R&D) Tech Center in Beijing, China with an investment of CNY1.1 billion (USD172 million). The all-new R&D Tech Center China is set up in an attempt to further strengthen its (R&a...
    25-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Faurecia developing “emirror” for active safety
    According to an official press release dated 13 October, Faurecia announced that it is collaborating with new mobility company Human Horizons on an emirror project in China. The emirror solution will be integrated into two new electric vehicle (EV) models, a sedan and a sport utility vehicle (S...
    25-Oct-2021 News New Products
    HELLA doubles production capacity of Shanghai plant
    HELLA, a lighting and electronics specialist, has doubled its production capacity at its Shanghai location, according to an official press release dated 22 October. In this case, a new building was added to the nearby electronics plant, and the existing space was completely remodeled. This is now...
    22-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Linglong tires selected for Honda Crider
    Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire announced via press release on 11 October that the first batch of its tires matching Guangqi Honda were shipped from Liuzhou City and were successfully fitted at the Guangqi Honda plant on Honda Criders. According to the press release, the company had ...
    Senmiao Technology announces ride-hailing platform operating metrics for September 2021
    Senmiao Technology, a company focused on the online ride-hailing industry in China as well as an operator of its own online ride-hailing platform, today announced the operating metrics for its proprietary online ride-hailing platform for the month of September 2021, according to a press release PR N...
    Nippon Steel sues Toyota and Baosteel over electrical steel sheet patent infringement
    Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel announced via press release on 14th October that it had filed lawsuits seeking compensatory damages before Tokyo District Court against Chinese steelmaker Baosteel and Japanese OEM Toyota alleging their infringement of Nippon’s patent relating to non-oriented elect...
    Honda announces its vehicle electrification strategy in China
    Japanese vehicle manufacturer Honda Motor Company unveiled its vehicle electrification strategy for the China market in a virtual press conference on 13 October. As part of its electrification strategy for the world’s largest car market, all new models to be launched in China after 2030 will be hy...
    Startup WeRide launches China’s first level 4 self-driving cargo van
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 15 October, WeRide entered the urban logistics industry with the unveiling of WeRide Robovan, China's first Level 4 self-driving cargo van. In a strategic collaboration, the company will work with Jiangling Motors (JMC), a major Chinese aut...
    Startup Pony.ai to start driverless tests on public roads in Beijing
    According to a press release published on Business Newswire on October 15th, Silicon Valley-based leading autonomous driving company Pony.ai announced that it has been granted permission to conduct driverless tests on public roads in China's capital city, Beijing. The company is one of only two auto...
    DAG Tech to invest USD10 million in Michigan to manufacture decorative wheel trims
    The Office of the Governor of the State of Michigan, United States, announced via a press release on 12th October that auto supplier DAG Technology will be investing USD10 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in the Grand Blanc Township. According to the press release, DAG plans to b...
    15-Oct-2021 News Investments
    AUTOCRYPT to present V2X security solution at ITS World Congress 2021
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 8 October, AUTOCRYPT, a leading mobility security solutions provider, has announced its participation in the ITS World Congress 2021 event, which will be held from 11 to 15 October 2021. The ITS World Congress is one of the largest events focu...
    Continental, Horizon Robotics form JV to develop ADAS solutions
    Continental has announced that it has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Horizon Robotics to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving solutions, according to a company press release on 29 September. Continental will be the majority shareholder. The JV is expect...
    Automakers and suppliers to reinvent supply chain amid chip shortage
    Despite chip plants effectively running on full capacity, the global chip-shortage crisis may not be resolved next year, warned executives from German automotive companies during the IAA Mobility 2021 show in Munich. Top executives from several companies have publicly stated that they do not know...
    Startup Blaize and LeiShen Intelligence form strategic agreement to integrate lidar and AI functions
    According to an official press release dated 23 September, Blaize announced a strategic collaboration agreement with lidar solutions leader LeiShen for in-depth collaboration on the integration of lidar and artificial intelligence (AI) functions in intelligence applications for autonomous operation ...
    General Motors to invest USD300 million in Chinese self-driving start-up Momenta
    General Motors announced a USD300 million investment in Momenta on 23 September to accelerate the development of next-generation self-driving technologies for future GM vehicles in China. “Customers in China are embracing electrification and advanced self-driving technology faster than anywhere...
    24-Sep-2021 News Investments
    China rolls out autonomous driving standards
    According to a press release published on South China Morning Post on 20 September, China has published its first national standards for grading autonomous driving, which will go into effect in March 2022, providing a benchmark for automakers to develop the futuristic technology. China's six-leve...
    Baidu to test Apollo Go ride-hailing platform in Shanghai
    According to press release on PR Newswire dated 13 September, Baidu announced that it will begin public testing of Apollo Go in Shanghai, marking the fifth city where passengers have the ability to trial the robo-taxi mobile platform. Baidu is the only company to offer this service in the three...
    Geely Auto invests in leading automotive intelligence technology solutions provider ECARX
    Geely Automobile Holdings Limited announced on 7 September that it has signed a strategic investment agreement with ECARX Technology to acquire approximately 1.51% of the company in exchange for a USD50 million investment. The investment is Geely Auto's most recent foray into the field of automotive...
    10-Sep-2021 News Investments
    BYD Semiconductor acquires major shares in Energen Semiconductor
    According to a press release published on Digitimes Asia on September 7th, BYD Semiconductor, a subsidiary of China-based carmaker BYD, has acquired a 77.75% stake in Jinan Energen Semiconductor for CNY5 billion (US774.8 million). Energen is a manufacturer of silicon (Si) and silicon carbide (SiC) p...
    Chinese chipmaker SMIC to invest USD8.87 billion in new semiconductor plant in Shanghai
    According to a press release published on Yahoo News on 3 September, mainland China's largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) announced plans to invest USD8.87 billion in a new semiconductor plant in Shanghai, as Beijing grapples with a US blacklist and a global chip ...
    Bosch Chassis Systems expert Liming Chen joins AI chip startup Horizon Robotics
    Horizon Robotics, a Beijing-based domestic chip supplier, announced on 1 September that it had appointed Liming Chen, formerly head of the Bosch Chassis Control System R&D Center, as president of the company. According to iNews, the founder and CEO of Horizon Robotics, Kai...
    Porsche to expand engineering and assembly operations in Asia
    Germany-based sportscar manufacturer, Porsche, has announced that it is expanding its presence and operations in the Asian region. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 30 August, the company is establishing a new permanent research and development satellite in Shanghai, China, and a sma...
    31-Aug-2021 News Investments
    Human Horizons, Dow partner to develop innovative silicone leather for interior
    Human Horizons, the leading new mobility and intelligent technology company, has unveiled their latest innovation in collaboration with internationally renowned materials science company Dow Inc. to be used in the world's first evolvable super sports utility vehicle (SUV), HiPhi X, according to a pr...
    Autonomous driving startup AutoX conducts driving tests in Shenzhen urban villages
    According to an official press release dated 23 August, AutoX, a mainland Chinese autonomous driving firm backed by Alibaba, released a new video demonstrating how its fully driverless robo-taxis handle the rush hour conditions of mainland China's "urban villages" in the autonomous driving chal...
    Yanfeng International, Lin-gang Special Area Administration sign MOU to launch intelligent cockpits
    According to a press release on Autobala dated 20 August, Yanfeng Automotive, a Shanghai-based manufacturer of automotive interior components, and the Lin-gang Special Area Administration have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the launch of an intelligent cockpit project. Yanfen...
    LIZHI’s in-car audio product to be part of new-generation Audi Connect
    LIZHI has announced that its in-car audio product will be available Audi’s ecosystem, the new-generation Audi connect, according to a company press release on 13 August. “We are excited to provide LIZHI’s in-car audio services to Audi customers. Our extensive library of high-quality audio c...
    Chinese smart car supplier PATEO raises USD128.03 million in new funding round
    According to a Reuters press release dated 11 August, Chinese smart vehicle supplier Shanghai PATEO Electronic Equipment Manufacturing Co announced on that it had raised more than USD128.03 million in a funding round led by state-owned automaker FAW. PATEO said in a statement that other investors...
    Continental to focus on automated driving
    According to a press release issued by Continental Mobility on 11 August, driver assistance systems and automated driving are gaining popularity worldwide. People in China and Japan, in particular, are already open to the benefits of automated driving, whereas people in Germany, France, and the Unit...
    Innoviz, Curium partner to enable safe vehicle calibration in Southeast Asia
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 10 August, Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, has formed a partnership with Curium, a leading developer of automated calibration services for autonomous systems. ...
    Innoviz Technologies, Whale Dynamic partner on next-gen L4 LiDAR-driven autonomous driving platform
    Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software, and Whale Dynamic, a "full-stack" Level 4 autonomous driving company based in mainland China, announced their collaboration on Whale Dynamic's next-generation intelligent autonomous drivi...
    Baidu unveils Apolong II multipurpose autonomous Minibus in Guangzhou, China
    According to a press release published on PR Newswire on 6 August, Baidu announced the launch of Apolong II, a new generation of multipurpose autonomous minibuses being deployed in Guangzhou Huangpu District. To improve the passenger experience, the Apolong II is outfitted with advanced autonomou...
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    Innoviz, EDOM Technology partner to accelerate growth and autonomous vehicle development in China
    According to an official press release dated 5 August, Innoviz Technologies and EDOM Technology, a leading electronics distributor based in Taiwan, have announced a partnership to drive sales and support initiatives for Innoviz's lidar solutions in the Greater China region. "At Innoviz, we are co...
    Lidar startup RoboSense to supply new solid-state lidar sensors for GAC Aion EVs
    According to a Caixin press release dated 28 July, Shenzhen-based startup RoboSense has won a contract from Guangzhou Automobile Group's electric vehicle unit GAC Aion to supply its new lidar sensor for the latter's ADiGO autonomous driving system, marking the latest cross-industry collaboration bet...
    Lizhi partners with Xinghe Zhilian for in-car communications and entertainment
    Lizhi has partnered with Xinghe Zhilian Automotive Technology to integrate its audio products into Xinghe Zhilian’s in-car communications and entertainment network, the audio company said in a press release on 16 July. “We are pleased to collaborate with Xinghe Zhilian Automotive Technology C...
    Shanghai issues draft regulation to regulate data from smart vehicle testing
    The mainland Chinese city of Shanghai has issued draft regulations with the purpose of protecting data generated while testing smart vehicles. According to a report published by business news agency Reuters on 17 July, the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission issued a statement de...
    Xpeng launches G3i smart SUV upgraded in-car infotainment system
    Xpeng has launched the G3i smart sport utility vehicle (SUV), the midphase facelift version of the G3, in mainland China, with an upgraded in-vehicle infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 9 July. The G3i’s in-car infotainment system is powered by the Snapdragon 820A auto-grad...
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