Mercedes-Benz and Tencent announced a new strategic collaboration on Monday that aims to deliver a secure, edge-to-cloud computing solution that will enable the development, testing, and deployment of highly autonomous cars. The expanded partnership with Tencent is the latest move by the German automaker to maintain its leadership in the Chinese premium vehicle segment. The luxury car brand reported a decline in Chinese sales of 19% year-on-year to around 355,800 vehicles for the first half of 2022, blaming production constraints and material shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. [TechNode reporting]