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China tech titans go all in amid global electric car frenzy

The Japan Times

China is shaping up to be the first real test of Big Tech's ambitions in the world of carmaking, with giants from Huawei Technologies Co. to Baidu Inc. plowing almost $19 billion into electric and self-driving vehicle ventures widely seen as the future of transport. While Apple Inc. has long had plans for its own car and Alphabet Inc. has Waymo, its autonomous driving unit, the size -- and speed -- of the move by China's tech titans puts them at the vanguard of that broader push. The lure is an industry that's becoming increasingly high tech as it pivots away from the combustion engine, with sensors and operating systems making cars more like computers, and the prospect of autonomy re-envisioning how people use will them. As the world's biggest market for new-energy cars, China is a key battlefield. Established automakers like Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co. are already slogging it out with local upstarts such as market darling Nio Inc. and Xpeng Inc.

AUTOSHOW Baidu expects to supply self-driving system to 1 mln cars in 3-5 years


Chinese technology giant Baidu Inc (9888.HK) expects to supply its Apollo autonomous driving system to 1 million cars in the next three to five years, a senior company executive said on Monday. Li Zhenyu, senior corporate vice president at Baidu, made the remarks at the 2021 Shanghai motor show. Baidu established its autonomous driving unit Apollo in 2017. The unit mainly supplies technology powered by artificial intelligence and works with automakers such as Geely (GEELY.UL), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and GAC (601238.SS). In January, Baidu said it would set up a company with Geely to make smart electric vehicles (EV), which will count on Baidu's intelligent driving capabilities and Geely's car manufacturing expertise.

Robotic Tesla taxis will be roaming the streets very soon, Elon Musk says

The Independent - Tech

Tesla plans to have a fleet of robotic taxis roaming the streets without drivers next year, Elon Musk has said. The claim is just the latest in a series of exciting pronouncements from the chief executive, who has repeatedly missed his own targets. But he has bet a considerable part of his business on the technology underpinning it. As well as allowing for the robot taxis that will drive themselves around the streets, Mr Musk says that by next year there will be a million Tesla cars on the streets that have full autonomous technology and are able to drive themselves. We'll tell you what's true.

Elon Musk says Neuralink machine that connects human brain to computers 'coming soon'

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be "coming soon" – though he failed to provide details. Neuralink was set up in 2016 with the ambitious goal of developing hardware to enhance the human brain, however, little about how this will work has been made public. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Tesla in Sentry Mode helps apprehend its own thief

The Independent - Tech

Police have apprehended a would-be car thief after the Tesla he was attempting to steal alerted its owner to suspicious activity. The electric vehicle's Sentry Mode sent a notification to owner Jed Franklin via the Tesla smartphone app after one of the back windows was broken into while the car was parked in San Francisco. Cameras positioned on the Tesla Model 3 allowed Mr Franklin to record the suspect, both during the incident and in the moments leading up to it. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Tesla suffers biggest ever sales drop

The Independent - Tech

Tesla has reported its biggest ever drop in vehicle sales in the company's history. The electric car maker revealed the first quarter of 2019 saw 31 per cent less sale deliveries than the previous quarter, representing a fall of nearly 30,000 vehicles. It is the first time in nearly two years that Tesla has experienced a quarter-to-quarter sales decline but still represents a significant increase from the first quarter of 2018. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Apple event live stream shows creepy footage from inside headquarters that could hint at new products

The Independent - Tech

Apple appears to be broadcasting eerie footage from inside of its own headquarters, hours before one of its biggest events in years. Tim Cook and other senior Apple staff are set to take to the stage in Apple's own Steve Jobs Theater later today, announcing the company's new products. Unlike previous events, it will not be releasing hardware or software, but instead showing off new subscription services that allow people access to films, TV and news. That event is set to be livestreamed through Apple's own website. And that video appears to have already begun: with strange footage from inside the theatre itself.

New Tesla Model Y completes joke that Elon Musk has been working on for 10 years

The Independent - Tech

It has taken 10 years, but Elon Musk has finally got to the punchline. The Tesla CEO has revealed the company's new car: the Model Y, the last part of one of Mr Musk's many long term plans. It means that the company now makes the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. Parked next to each other, the model numbers spell out S3XY. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.

Apple will finally fix iPhones even if they have a third-party battery inside, leak suggests

The Independent - Tech

They were ineligible to be looked at by the Genius Bar, for instance, meaning that getting a battery replacement could mean passing up the chance for any other service work. That was the case even if the problem was with another component and not the battery, meaning that the entire phone would be banned from repairs just for having a third-party battery. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view. But a new note seen by Macrumors shows that Apple Stores and Apple's approved service providers will be able to fix those phones.

Tesla Model Y: Elon Musk reveals launch date for new model

The Independent - Tech

Tesla will unveil a brand new electric utility vehicle later this month, Elon Musk has revealed. The Tesla CEO took to Twitter to announce the launch date of the Model Y, as well as new details about the vehicle. "Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio," he tweeted. "Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10 per cent bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10 per cent more and have slightly less range for same battery... Detailed specs and pricing will be provided, as well as test rides in Y." Mr Musk had previously joked that the Model Y would be unveiled on 15 March because "the Ides of March sounded good", while Chinese media has speculated the event would take place at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. His posts generated thousands of replies from electric vehicle enthusiasts excited by the new product category, though Mr Musk suggested the launch event for the Tesla Truck later this year will be more groundbreaking.