Posted inUp and Comers

TuSimple deal with auto supplier will enable robotruck tech to scale

Robotruck startup TuSimple has partnered with German auto supplier ZF to develop and commercialize technology for autonomous trucks. Why it matters: TuSimple aims to begin testing truly driverless trucks—those without safety personnel on board—by 2021. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world and has made a significant push into autonomous driving. […]

Posted inTurf Wars

New Taobao ‘C2M’ app takes aim at Pinduoduo

Alibaba’s e-commerce marketplace Taobao is aggressively expanding its direct-to-customer selling platform for bargain-seeking consumers, further escalating its already contentious competition with rival Pinduoduo. Why it matters: The business model known as customer-to-manufacturer (C2M) powered Pinduoduo’s meteoric rise and has been adopted by rivals like JD.com and Netease’s Yanxuan. Alibaba’s move will further fan the inferno that China’s e-commerce […]