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AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday. AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, is deploying a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, marking the first time any autonomous driving […]

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Tencent leads $100M Series B funding round into China-based esport provider VSPN

Tencent leads 0M Series B funding round into China-based esport provider VSPN Further confirmation that the esports market is booming amid the pandemic comes today with the news that esports ‘total solutions provider’ VSPN (Versus Programming Network) has raised what it describes as ‘close to’ $100 million in a Series B funding […]

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Beyond Burger arrives in Alibaba’s grocery stores in China

Beyond Burger arrives in Alibaba’s grocery stores in China Beyond Meat is starting to hit supermarket shelves in China after it first entered the country in April by supplying Starbucks’ plant-based menu. Within weeks, it had also forayed into select KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut outlets — all under the Yum […]

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China Roundup: Mega trade fair goes online, anti-China sentiment hobbles developers

China Roundup: Mega trade fair goes online, anti-China sentiment hobbles developers Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what those events mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are seeing the backlash Chinese tech companies […]

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SoftBank led $500M investment in Didi in China’s biggest autonomous driving round

SoftBank led 0M investment in Didi in China’s biggest autonomous driving round The race to automate vehicles on China’s roads is heating up. Didi, the Uber of China, announced this week an outsized investment of over $500 million in its freshly minted autonomous driving subsidiary. Leading the round — the single largest […]

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Tim Hortons eyes China coffee drinkers with Tencent investment

Tim Hortons eyes China coffee drinkers with Tencent investment Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons has secured a heavyweight partner to further its China expansion. The company announced on its social media account (in Chinese) on Tuesday that it has landed funding from Tencent, the Chinese social networking and gaming giant, without disclosing […]

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Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel Virgin Galactic today revealed a new partnership with NASA, in pursuit of the goal of developing a high speed vehicle for point-to-point travel across Earth. NASA has been pursuing development of high mach air travel itself, with the development of […]

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Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production […]

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Tesla is eyeing Nashville for Cybertruck gigafactory

Tesla is eyeing Nashville for Cybertruck gigafactory Tesla is in talks with Nashville officials to locate a factory there that will produce its all-electric Cybertruck and Model Y crossover, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday evening that the company is “scouting” locations to build […]

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Tesla temporarily closes Shanghai factory over coronavirus concerns

Tesla temporarily closes Shanghai factory over coronavirus concerns Tesla was ordered by the Chinese government to shut down its Shanghai factory over concerns about the coronavirus, a closure that will delay Model 3 production and ultimately put slight downward pressure on profits in the first quarter, the automaker’s finance chief Zach Kirkhorn […]

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