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China to step up autonomous driving efforts

Chinese internet search and tech giant Baidu detailed its Project Apollo at the Baidu Create 2017, or its first artificial intelligence (AI) developer conference held in Beijing on July 5 (see FEATURE on p. 1). Video clips displayed at the event showed its CEO Robin Li riding in an autonomous

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As the global supplier industry comes together, China has important role to play

I was in Hannover, Germany and Vienna, Austria in mid-June attending Continental’s biennial Media TechShow and ZF’s annual Global Press Event, respectively. Both events organized by the two German supplier giants aim to showcase their latest technology innovations through product displays and demo vehicle test drives or rides, and both

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CAFC + NEV “dual credit” policy update sets auto industry on new path

China has established a new blueprint for its auto industry on June 13 by updating draft policies involving Passenger Vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) and New Energy Vehicle Credits. Quite similar with the first edition released last September by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) , this

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UISEE sees a driverless car future happening today

LAS VEGAS – A few steps away from Nissan’s stand inside the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall at this year’s CES sat an unconventional, bread loaf-shaped vehicle with a front and rear indistinguishable from each other at first glance. Unless you take a closer look or climb in from

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IAC and Shenda to form trim and acoustics JV

SHANGHAI – International Automotive Components (IAC) and Shanghai Shenda Co., Ltd. announced on December 21 the signing of a definitive agreement to form a global joint venture partnership to supply soft trim and acoustics products to OEMs. A UK affiliate of Shenda will acquire a 70 percent stake in the

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China releases NEV technology roadmap

SHANGHAI – The Technology Roadmap for Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicles was formally released at the SAE-China Congress and Exhibition (SAECCE) 2016 held on October 26 in Shanghai. The latest policy on NEVs consists of one general technology roadmap plus seven specific technology roadmaps on energy-saving vehicles, BEVs and

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China factor in Hannover

The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s largest commercial vehicle show, concluded today after a seven-day run. While traditional European truck and bus makers as well as suppliers dominated the headlines, China was again a significant factor. In fact, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which organizes the biennial

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MAS@Shanghai 0713 recap: The pepper is hot!

SHANGHAI – Provinces such as Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Guizhou along with the city of Chongqing that are known for their spicy cuisine had stronger growth of passenger vehicle sales than the national average, according to Lin Huaibin, manager of China Light Vehicle Sales Forecast at IHS Markit Automotive, citing January-May

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