Connecting Africa to China
Chinese heavyweights team up in EV joint venture
Chinese automotive heavyweight BYD recently committed to running Baidu’s autonomous driving systems in its vehicles, with the partnership expected to boost profitability for both brands. Sources working closely with the companies told South China Morning Post (SCMP) that Baidu’s natively developed autonomous driving platform, Apollo Navigation Pilot (ANP), had... Read more
Geely to build satellites for autonomous vehicles
Chinese automotive company, Geely Holding Group, has gained approval to build satellites crucial to communication and navigation for autonomous vehicles. A licence to build a facility in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province was granted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in February. Last year the firm announced plans to... Read more
Chinese team makes giant leap in quantum communications
Chinese researchers have developed a way to send uncrackable “quantum keys” between ground stations and low-orbit satellites, which is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs in the field. In 2018, researchers from the University of Science and Technology in China (UTSC) devised a way to share quantum keys... Read more
First private 5G network sets standard for modern mining
China’s first private 5G network will be used in the day-to-day operations at a coal mine in Shandong Province, in line with Beijing’s push to modernise heavy industry through digital transformation. The network, built by state-owned Shandong Energy Group, was deployed at their Baodian Coal Mine subsidiary in East... Read more
Chinese firm goes live with hands-free driving
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) firm, Nio, has launched its semi-autonomous technology, which allows for hands-free driving using high-definition mapping technology. The Shanghai-based EV company’s navigation assistant – called Navigate on Pilot (NoP) – will be available via software update this month. The company, founded in 2014, says NoP is... Read more
Internet giant Tencent’s answer to Googleplex
Chinese internet giant, Tencent Holdings plans, to build a futuristic ‘Net City’ for employees in the port city of Shenzen. The futuristic city, designed by renowned architect Jonathon Ward, will be two million square feet – roughly the size of Monaco. Tencent’s city inside a city, located near Shenzen’s... Read more
Alibaba bets big on cloud computing
Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, has announced a US$28.2 billion investment into its cloud computing infrastructure over the next three years. The sizeable investment positions Alibaba to challenge western counterparts, Microsoft and Amazon. The investment will address operating systems, microchips and other semiconductors as well as add to its network... Read more
BAIC boss confident tariff war won’t deter SA-China deal
South Africa’s beneficial deals such as the BAIC auto plant, launched in Coega, outside Port Elizabeth, won’t be affected by trade tensions between the United States and China, business leaders from the two countries said. According to a report from Fin24, BAIC International chair Xu Hey said the so-called... Read more