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. […]
Tencent has signed a deal with Huawei to set up a laboratory to develop a cloud gaming platform, the Chinese gaming giant said in a statement Friday. Why it matters: Tencent is the world’s largest gaming company and it is actively building up cloud gaming services, a function that runs games on remote servers and […]
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 […]
Baidu’s reports contain significantly less information about disengagements than its peers, causing industry insiders to raise questions about the quality of the company’s tests.
Alipay is set to play a crucial role in China’s digital currency and what shape it will take, according to patents filed over the past month. Why it matters: China’s currency system needs an upgrade. “Digitalization is just the tip of the iceberg,” Thomas Zhou, founder of Cryptology Ltd. and a partner of Africa Pay, told […]
WeChat is joining with industry peers to launch the COVID-19 Global Hackathon to build software solutions, submission ends on March 30, 2020.
The made-in-China Model Y may start rolling off the Shanghai Gigafactory production lines of US electric carmaker Tesla earlier than expected. The company has placed a RMB 220 million ($31 million) order from a Chinese auto parts supplier for its compact SUV, TechNode confirmed on Thursday. Why it matters: Locally sourcing parts and assembling vehicles […]
Chinese passenger drone maker Ehang has more than quadrupled its revenues and significantly narrowed its losses in the fourth quarter, the company said Wednesday, but it expects some short-term effects from Covid-19 in 2020. Why it matters: In Ehang’s first quarterly financial results since listing on Nasdaq in December, the urban air mobility company recorded […]
Pinduoduo staff say Alibaba has blocked their personal Taobao accounts, while workers from office neighbor AI firm Yitu say the same.
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