China-based WeRide deepens tech partnership with Nissan Motor

On Wednesday, in a statement, China-based autonomous driving startup WeRide, said will deepen its autonomous driving technology partnership with Nissan Motor and aims to raise $310 million in a new funding round which chasing a valuation of $3.3 billion. Guangzhou-headquartered WeRide, which is testing vehicles in California, did not disclose details on the size of the…

Japanese companies will collaborate with TSMC to gain chip making edge

In a report, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said, around 20 Japanese companies, including electronic component maker Ibiden Co, will collaborate with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to develop chip manufacturing technology in Japan. Fifty percent of $337 million (37 billion yen), the cost of the research facility, will be borne by the Japanese government In February,…

China based autonomous driving startup WeRide valued at $3.3 billion in latest funding round

In a statement, WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup which is backed by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors  said, it has raised “hundreds of millions” of dollars in its latest funding round which valued it at $3.3 billion. Guangzhou, China headquartered WeRide however did not disclose details on the size of the funding. In a…

Nissan-backed WeRide receives permit to test passenger vehicles on public roads in California

In a statement California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said autonomous driving startup WeRide has received a permit to test two passenger vehicles on California’s public roads without a safety driver. Nissan and Mitsubishi,backed WeRide, is also testing its driverless vehicle in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Technology and automakers are investing billions of dollars in…

Autonomous cars to hit the market after 2025: VW CEO Herbert Diess

In an interview, to Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche weekly magazine, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s CEO stated the carmaker expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030. Improvements in artificial intelligence, as well as improvements in the performance of computer chips are speeding up the development of autonomous vehicles. “It is foreseeable that the systems…

Nokia wins second round in legal fight against Daimler on patent licensing fees

In a significant win for Finnish telecommunication equipment maker Nokia, a German court has ruled against Daimler over patent licensing fees with the judge saying the carmaker had not made a serious attempt to resolve the issue with Nokia. The litigation underscores a wider battle with tech companies and carmakers over royalty payments for technologies…

Japan’s Isuzu Motors likely to enter into alliance with Sweden’s Volvo AB

On Wednesday, Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors disclosed, it plans on tieing up with Sweden’s Volvo AB, in order to deepen its grip on next-generation technologies including electrification and autonomous driving, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported that Isuzu would be holding a news conference at 0600 GMT in Tokyo on an “alliance” without elaborating.

Chinese EV startup Xpend raises $400 million in latest funding round

On Wednesday, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng stated it has raised $400 million from investors including Xiaomi Corp, to fund its growth. The fundraising comes at a time when industry watchers as well as bankers describe as an increasingly tough financing environment for Chinese EV startups who are jostling…

BMW & Tencent to launch computing center for self-driving cars in Tianjin

The computing center is of strategic importance since it will provide self-driving cars the required computing power to analyze real-time data including road and traffic conditions. On Friday, BMW stated, it is partnering with China’s Tencent Holdings to launch a computing center in China which will help develop self-driving cars. The computing center is expected…