Volvo owner Geely partners with China’s biggest search engine company on autonomous cars

Geely, the Chinese owner of Volvo, Lotus, and Polestar, is going to work with Chinese search giant Baidu to develop electric cars, which will feature connected and autonomous technologies. According to reports, the two companies are forming a partnership, which will create a new sub-brand for the vehicles. They’ll be built on Geely’s electric platform and will be fitted with mapping and infotainment features developed by Baidu. With that in mind, we can think of this as a Chinese version of Android Automotive, which as it happens, was featured for the first time in another Geely-made vehicle, the Polestar 2.…

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Baidu is reportedly planning to launch a subsidiary AI chip firm, which could boost China‘s efforts to develop a domestic semiconductor industry. CNBC reports that the search giant is in talks with venture capital firms GGV and IDG Capital about investing in the venture. The company would sell chips to customers in various industries, including automakers, and could also support Baidu’s work on electric and autonomous vehicles. A source told CNBC that Baidu would likely be the majority shareholder of the subsidiary. [Read: How Polestar is using blockchain to increase transparency] The news comes as China pushes to strengthen its homegrown… This story continues at The Next Web

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Annual car sales are unlikely to reach pre-COVID-19 levels anytime soon. In fact, experts say that the rate of recovery is forecasted to be a result of a slowdown in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, with electric vehicles gaining a positive trajectory during the pandemic recovery period and beyond. According to a recent Deloitte study, EVs are likely to secure 32% of the global market share for new car sales by 2030.  More electric vehicles! Sounds great for the environment, right? Yes, but electric car manufacturers have to tread carefully. More EVs means more batteries, and it’s essential that companies source… This story continues at The Next Web

What would an all-electric Lamborghini look like? Pretty rad!

What comes into your mind when you hear the word: Lamborghini? Bright yellow cars? Raucous V12 engines? Italian flare? Perhaps that scene from The Wolf of Wall Stree, when DiCaprio attempts to drive a white Countach whilst high as a kite? Maybe it’s all those things and more, but one thing won’t be on your mind: electric power. In 2019 Lamborghini showed off a little glimpse into its future with its hybrid-powered Sián. At $3.7 million a piece, a glimpse is all it will be for the majority of us, but still, we can all enjoy it when it looks… This story continues at The Next Web

Are Clubhouse chats leaking? Here’s what we know

Clubhouse‘s appeal lies in its off-the-record nature where users can voice chat with each other candidly, in ephemeral ‘rooms.’ But what if bad actors could snoop upon your live conversations? A report from Bloomberg noted that over the weekend, an unidentified user was able to crack the service and listen to conversations. The user, believed to be based in China, made their own website to capture audio streams from the app. The company has now banned the user and said that it has implemented new “safeguards” to stop future unauthorized access. Some Chinese developer made an Android / PC compatible player for Clubhouse,… This story continues at The Next Web

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