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Chinese robotaxi startup goes to California
Chinese robotaxi startup, Pony.ai, has been given the green light to test driverless vehicles in three Californian cities. In late May 2021, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) allowed for the testing in several prominent areas, making Pony.ai one of the only firms allowed to conduct full driverless testing... Read more
Second Chinese electronic vehicle takes on Scandinavian market
Electric vehicle (EV) maker, Nio, has announced plans to expand outside of China. The Tesla rival announced it would start deliveries to Norway by September 2020. Nio joins fellow Chinese EV manufacturer, Xpeng, in Norway, a nation that has more EVs per capita than any other country. The Shanghai-based... Read more
New Chinese laser technology can see through walls
A team of Chinese scientists have developed a laser capable of seeing through walls from a kilometre away. Once relegated to the realm of science fiction, the significant advancement in quantum electronics may have applications in everything from defence to autonomous driving. Developed by a group of University of... Read more
China’s BYD lands Columbian electric bus deal
Warren Buffet-backed BYD, the world’s largest electric bus manufacturer, has secured a contract from the city of Bogota, Columbia, for more than 1 000 new buses – the single biggest order of BYD electric buses outside of China ever. The contract was awarded to BYD after the Bogota City... Read more
China’s new bullet train set to break speed records
A magnetic levitation – or maglev – bullet train prototype which could carry passengers across China almost as fast as a commercial aircraft was unveiled this month. Researchers from China’s Southwestern Jiaotong University unveiled the prototype on a 165m custom-built section of rail in China’s Chengdu region in early... Read more
Chinese driverless car start-up raises more funds
Driverless car and AI firm, Pony.ai, has reached a $5.3 billion evaluation after it raised $267 million in a new round of funding. The Chinese start-up, which says it has raised more than $1 billion in its four-year existence, said the financial injection would go into research and development.... Read more
Chinese minitruck set to bolster vendor economy
A Chinese minitruck found itself trending on the popular social media platform, WeChat, last week. The truck’s market debut under the Wuling brand coincided with the Shanghai government’s decision to lift stall and vendor bans in the city. The minitruck, a light-vehicle joint venture between SAIC-GM and Wuling Motors,... Read more
Chinese internet giant opens world’s biggest driverless test facility
Internet giant, Baidu, has completed the world’s largest testing facility for autonomous motor vehicles. The Beijing-based tech company announced in late May that the massive project will be used to test autonomous driving and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Situated in Beijing’s Yizhuaung Economic Development Zone, Apollo Park is a 13 500... Read more
Interactive EV charging ports to support Shanghai tech strategy
As Chinese consumers slowly return to normal buying patterns and the automotive market shows the first signs of recovery, the Shanghai Municipal Government announced it would install a further 100 000 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports and 34 500 new 5G base stations in the city. The large-scale installation... Read more
Chinese e-bus manufacturer enters EU passenger market
Shenzhen based automobile manufacturer, BYD, has entered the European electric passenger vehicle market. The BYD Tang EV600 will make its European debut in Norway before the year’s end, the group announced in early May. BYD, the second-largest electric vehicle producer in the world, enjoys a strong presence in the... Read more