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The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round

The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla’s V10 software, Lilium’s big round If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, […]

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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO

Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion lists in Chinese IPO Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion has listed in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market, a Transsion spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.  Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa under its Tecno brand. The company has also started to support […]

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U.S. security experts admit China’s 5G dominance, push for public investment

U.S. security experts admit China’s 5G dominance, push for public investment U.S. security experts are conceding that China has won the race to develop and deploy the 5G telecommunications infrastructure seen as underpinning the next generation of technological advancement and warn that the country and its allies must develop a response — […]

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Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims

Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims A number of malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were targeting Uyghur Muslims, TechCrunch has learned. Sources familiar with the matter said the websites were part of a state-backed attack — likely China — designed to target […]

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Didi Chuxing to launch self-driving rides in Shanghai and expand them beyond China by 2021

Didi Chuxing to launch self-driving rides in Shanghai and expand them beyond China by 2021 Didi Chuxing will begin picking up ride-hailing passengers with self-driving cars in Shanghai in just a few months, according to company CTO Zhang Bo (via Reuters). The plan is to roll out autonomous pick-ups in Shanghai first, […]

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Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion to list in Chinese IPO

Africa’s top mobile phone seller Transsion to list in Chinese IPO Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion will list in an IPO on Shanghai’s STAR Market,  Transsion confirmed to TechCrunch.  The company—which has a robust Africa sales network—could raise up to 3 billion yuan (or $426 million). “The company’s listing-related work is […]

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China plans e-cigarette regulation as industry booms

China plans e-cigarette regulation as industry booms China is taking steps to regulate its blossoming vaping market as health concerns over electronic cigarettes increase in recent times. China’s National Health Commission has begun research into e-cigarettes and plans to issue legislation for the industry, said the head of the health authority Mao […]

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China’s coffee upstart Luckin pushes into India and Middle East

China’s coffee upstart Luckin pushes into India and Middle East Luckin continues to expand at jaw-dropping speed as it announced plans to open shop overseas for the first time. On Monday, the Starbucks challenger from China said it has signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture with Americana […]

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Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Now that boom has busted with derelict bikes littering the streets of cities. Meanwhile, a new race has started for two-wheelers with motors — and one of the main players […]

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China’s Didi removes 300,000 drivers amid safety overhaul

China’s Didi removes 300,000 drivers amid safety overhaul 2018 was the year when Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing company that defeated Uber in China, vowed to put safety ahead of rocket-ship growth after two deadly passenger incidents. One way it works to ramp up safety is a stricter vetting process for drivers. The […]

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