China will have the world’s first driverless-cars-only city: Baidu CEO

ChinaTech in Asia — At China’s recent Big Data Industry Summit, not everybody was interested in talking about big data. Baidu’s Robin Li, who gave a speech at the summit, is more interested in the role big data can play in the development of artificial intelligence. So he used big data as a springboard from which he made some interesting comments about artificial intelligence, and the future of one particular application: driverless cars.

Alibaba made a smart car, and soon we’ll get to see it

China.gifTech in Asia — Ever wondered what a car made by Jack Ma would be like? I’ve got some good news for you: you won’t have to wait much longer to find out. It’s been about a year since Alibaba and SAIC Motor (one of China’s biggest car makers) teamed up via a US$160 million investment into smart, internet-connected cars.

Is Tesla Shifting Manufacturing To China?

ChinaChina Tech News — U.S.-based Tesla is known for crafting and selling automobiles to buyers around the world from their U.S. headquarters, but that may partially change soon. China’s high taxes on imports has forced Tesla’s hand. Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla, revealed to local media that he hopes to find a cooperating partner in mainland China in the middle of 2016 to establish an electric car factory for the local market.

Is Tesla Shifting Manufacturing To China?

Baidu’s CarLife gains momentum as Audi, VW, GM agree to use it

China.gifTech In Asia — Baidu, China’s top search engine, today revealed it has persuaded three major automakers to use its in-car software, dubbed CarLife. The development comes one year after Baidu first revealed CarLife as a China-specific alternative to Apple’s CarPlay or Android Auto.

Honda Connect mobile app launched

JapanTimes of India — CHENNAI: Honda Cars has launched Honda Connect, an intelligent and advanced information platform for customers. The platform paves the way for advanced connectivity and enables new form of communication between the customer, car, his family and Honda. Honda Connect is an app for smartphones. Using smartphones, the app’s diverse features provide convenient access to detailed information about Honda vehicles and other services.

China’s Baidu says to develop self-driving buses within 3 years

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China’s top online search firm Baidu Inc said it aims to put self-driving buses on the road in three years and mass produce them within five years, after it set up a business unit to oversee all its efforts related to automobiles. The unit will also include its initiative in partnership with BMW AG to develop an autonomous passenger vehicle, which may also be put into mass production within five years, a spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

Alibaba E-Auto signs 8-year deal with FIFA

ChinaAsia One — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China’s e-commerce giant, has signed an eight-year partnership agreement with FIFA, in which its Internet car brand Alibaba E-Auto will be an official supporter of the FIFA Club World Cup. The announcement was made in Tokyo ahead of the start of this year’s competition on Thursday, in which China’s five-time champion Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao will play against other continental giants.

Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows it wants to become a software maker

JapanBusiness Insider — Toyota wants to be more than just the world’s largest automaker — and its $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows its ambition to turn itself into one of the world’s largest software developers. On Friday, Toyota announced that it would be investing $1 billion over the next five years to build Toyota Research Institute, a new company based in Silicon Valley, near Stanford University, focused on artifical intelligence and robotics.

HK bus company dives deep into analytics

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — KMB also started using operational information to establish trends and patterns concerning different areas – travel behavior and customer profiles among other things. The software technology behind KMB’s telematics system – the monitoring and the data analytics features – is homegrown.

HCL Tech to buy Volvo’s IT business for $138 million

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies will buy Swedish commercial vehicles major Volvo Group’s external IT business for $138 million (around Rs 895 crore) in an all cash deal. Volvo Group will also outsource its IT infrastructure operations to HCL Technologies for an undisclosed contract value for five years. The Volvo Group and HCL have signed a letter of intent, awaiting the signing of the final contract, Volvo Group said in a statement from Stockholm.

Singapore to test self-driving public transit vehicles by end of 2016

SingaporeTech In Asia — Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), the government agency responsible for the city-state’s mass transit infrastructure, today announced it plans to begin testing of self-driving vehicles in Singapore in the second half of 2016. According to a Facebook post, it has received eight national and international proposals on how self-driving vehicle technology can be put to work on public transportation services.

China to invest US$30bn in intelligent transportation industry: expert

ChinaWant China Times — Wu Zhongze, chairman of China Intelligent Transportation Systems Association (ITS China), revealed in an exclusive interview with Xinhua during the 22nd ITS World Congress in France that China’s investment in the intelligent transportation industry (ITS) is estimated to amount to about US$30 billion by 2020

Thailand’s the world’s 2nd most dangerous place for drivers. This might be the solution

ThailandTech In Asia — But the reality is that IoT is already in a lot of different industries, changing them slowly but fundamentally. Thailand-based startup Drvr (pronounced “driver”) is putting the technology to use in fleet management for logistics companies using telematics – technology used in devices for sending and receiving information remotely.

Acer, ATS sign partnership with Germany-based car vendor for in-car service solution

TaiwanDigi Times — Acer and its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) partner Advanced Telematic System (ATS) recently signed contracts with a first-tier car vendor in Germany to provide an in-car solution that is able to identify and manage the driver and provide specific navigation and entertainment services. The system will be tested in the fourth quarter, but Acer declined to reveal the client.

Indian startups in auto telematic mode

IndiaDeccan Herald — According to a report by Future Market Insight, automotive telematics combines telecommunication and informatics to provide various services such as navigation, safety and security dynamically to vehicles. Currently, the global penetration of automotive telematics is 48 per cent, which is expected to reach around 62 per cent by 2020.

China Telecom and Gemalto to offer instant connectivity in cars

ChinaMIS Asia — China Telecom Corporation (China Telecom) has partnered Gemalto to develop a proof-of-concept for subscription management in connected cars. According to market research firm Gfk, there is an increasing demand for connected cars with advanced telematics, navigation, and safety features in China. Nearly three quarters of the Chinese consumers also claimed that they would be willing to pay more for an “Ultra Safe” car than just a self-driving car.

Huawei Collaborates with Audi Group and Volkswagen to Explore Interconnected Car Technology

ChinaThe partnership with Audi Group to jointly explore the future of interconnected car technology at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) 2015. Huawei ‘s LTE modules provide the new Audi Q7 SUV with the ability to support 2G, 3G and 4G networks, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards. Enabling lightning fast data transfers with download speeds of up to 100Mbps, the partnership provides users with internet-enabled key features for an enhanced driving experience.