Huawei to invest in electric cars and self-driving tech

Huawei is the latest Chinese tech giant to announce its intentions to compete in the automotive sector at the same level as the established automakers.

In a presentation to analysts on Monday, Huawei Co-Chairman Eric Xu said the company planned to invest in electric vehicles and self-driving technology, Bloomberg reported.

Xu’s comments were made just a week after Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi said it planned to launch its own cars. Chinese search engine giant Baidu in January also announced a plan to launch cars.

Huawei is already a leader in self-driving technology, with its prototypes already able to handle complex

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Which Cars Have Self-Driving Features for 2021? | News illustration by Paul Dolan

Not long ago, fully autonomous vehicles for the masses were said to be just around the corner. As it turns out, making the final leap to full autonomy — self-driving on any road at any time — remains tantalizingly out of reach both for engineers and safety regulators. And despite all the attention such vehicles have drawn, Americans aren’t exactly clamoring for self-driving cars: The latest AAA annual survey on automated vehicles found that just 14% of drivers would trust riding in a self-driving car, about the same as

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Building a self-driving car that people can trust

Over the past year, we’ve seen a rise in robotaxis and autonomous vehicle use. Companies such as Waymo, Cruise, and Baidu have all made strong headway as industry pioneers. In China specifically, 2020 headlines regularly featured major autonomous vehicle announcements, such as the public launch of Baidu Apollo robotaxi services in the cities of Beijing, Changsha, and Cangzhou.

But despite the increasing visibility of robotaxis and the public’s broader exposure to autonomous vehicle technology, many people remain hesitant about the safety of self-driving cars. Nearly three in four Americans say autonomous vehicle technology “is not ready for primetime,” according to

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Tesla launches full self-driving for select users despite concerns from industry groups and regulators

Tesla is forging ahead despite skepticism among some safety advocates about whether Tesla’s technology is ready — and whether the rest of the world is ready for cars that drive themselves. An industry coalition consisting of General Motors’ Cruise, Ford, Uber and Waymo, among others, this week criticized the move by Tesla, saying its vehicles are not truly autonomous because they still require an active driver.

Self-driving is lightly regulated in the United States, and Tesla does not need permission to launch the new feature.

A point of contention among Tesla’s critics is that the company is moving ahead without

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Apple Plans Self-Driving Electric Car With iPhone Tech In 2024

Tim Cook reportedly approved Apple’s self-driving project in 2014. Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME

Turns out, Apple never really shelved its self-driving car unit. Codenamed Project Titan, the effort was once deemed too far-fetched for the iPhone maker, but according to anonymous sources speaking to Reuters, the tech giant is moving forward with the project with 2024 serving as a target release year. The car, the report says, will be powered by in-house battery technology that could change the game of electric vehicles.

“If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s

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Apple in Talks to Buy Self-Driving Sensors, Key Step in Car Plan

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is in discussions with multiple suppliers of self-driving car sensors known as lidar, according to people familiar with the matter, a key milestone toward development of its first passenger vehicle.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is in active talks with a number of potential suppliers for these laser-based sensors that allow a car’s computer to “see” its surroundings, said the people, who asked not to be identified due to the private nature of the discussions. The company has been working on a driverless vehicle project for several years and has developed on

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