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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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Major policies affecting the heavy-duty truck and freight transport industries in 2017

With the implementation of the GB1589-2016 standards in 2016, China’s heavy-duty truck and freight industries have already went through a round of “shock.” What additional policies – ones that are currently in effect and those that will go into effect – will affect how the two industries development? Which ones

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NEV players swarm into battery manufacturing

Two months after being acquired by Gree Electric Appliances Inc., Yinlong New Energy Co., Ltd. opened its lithium titanate material and battery manufacturing base on October 21 in Hebei.  Since Yinlong has acquired Guangtong Auto and Zhongbo Auto several years ago, Gree has successfully expanded its foothold into the

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New regulation on car hailing services to boost sharing economy

First, it was the release of new regulation on July 28 to offer legitimacy for car hailing services. Then, it was Didi Chuxing’s acquisition of Uber China on August 1. These events may quite likely to boost the industry that has operated in a grey area and further nurture the

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Volvo Cars to launch advanced autonomous driving experiment in China, seeks legislative support

BEIJING – Volvo Cars plans to launch China’s most advanced autonomous driving experiment in which local drivers will test autonomous driving cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions, according to CEO Håkan Samuelsson. Samuelsson made the announcement at the 2016 Beijing Automotive Driving Panel Debate, which had a theme

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China cuts, decentralizes more government approvals

BEIJING – The State Council has revised 21 administrative regulations to cancel or decentralize administrative approvals. The decision, endorsed by Premier Li Keqiang, is effective immediately, said a statement from the State Council, China’s cabinet, on Friday. Through the amendment to 13 regulations related to sectors including civil aviation, mining,

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“Three Guarantees” to protect consumer rights, or not

China’s new automobile warranty regulation, “Three Guarantees,” goes into force on October 1, 2013. Despite the intention of regulators in better protecting the rights of consumers, analysts believe that the Three Guarantees will pose many challenges in its implementation to consumers, carmakers and dealers alike. The Three Guarantees requires that

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