The launch marks a first milestone for the world’s largest maker of consumer drones in its push into the Chinese EV space.
BYD partners with US autonomous driving startup Nuro to make electric robocars for goods delivery services.
Jidu will use the proceeds on research and development as the company aims to unveil a concept car in April.
This is the latest example of German auto firms strengthening their in-car software offerings in the face of competition from Tesla and local peers like Huawei.
Xpeng Motors led a investment in Zvision Technologies, a Chinese startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars.
The program is part of the company’s latest efforts to offer full-scenario autonomous driving capabilities by the middle of 2023.
The investment in Horizon reflects Chinese automakers’ growing anxiety about the ongoing semiconductor shortage.
China’s leading search engine Baidu is rushing to lead the race in popularizing driver-assistance features on consumer cars.
Baidu on Thursday unveiled a new robotaxi model, called Apollo Moon, with a manufacturing cost significantly lower than competitors.
There could be more consequences to come as Nio is in advanced plans to enter the competitive mass auto market.