It’s the year of four wheels for China’s internet giants, and the country’s tech companies are racing to get their concepts ready by 2016. Cars in the connected, remote and electric fields are under development right now with a focus on high-profile foreign partnerships.

Hi-tech cars have been the domain of western progressive tech companies in the past, including Tesla, Apple and Google, but with R&D at an all time high among China’s tech companies, many are taking the opportunity to extend past traditional fields.

The government has also become a backer of hi-tech car solutions recently, amending rules to allow non-automotive companies to invest in car projects. Here are some of the latest hi-tech car concepts to come out of China’s internet powerhouses.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com