Automotive Industry Begs U.S. Government for Money

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With President Biden planning to announce an infrastructure proposal that could easily exceed $2 trillion, the automotive industry has come to the realization that some of that money could be used to make its job easier. The post Automotive Industry Begs U.S.

Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. With the Industrial Cloud we are creating a platform allowing partners to contribute their solutions.

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DENSO and BlackBerry launch integrated automobile HMI platform

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A leader in automotive technology, BlackBerry is excited to bring one of the world’s first integrated digital cockpit platforms to market with DENSO in Subaru’s latest vehicles, helping manufacturers to take advantage of a significant industry trend—the exploding demand for a safe, seamless, digital in-car experience. From September 2019, automobile manufacturers around the world will sequentially launch new car models with the integrated HMI.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ENGIE EPS to create e-Mobility JV

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FCA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., The JV would rely on FCA’s financial resources and industrial footprint and on ENGIE EPS’ technological know-how and intellectual property portfolio. —Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA Italy S.p.A.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils plug-in hybrid Concept IAA: Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile; Industry 4.0

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz said that the “Concept IAA” exemplifies the fundamental technological changes which are taking place in the automobile industry. The primary driving force behind this process of change is digitization—referred to in a business context as “Industry 4.0”.

Japanese automobile industry establishes joint Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE)

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Eight Japanese automakers and one automobile research institute—Suzuki Motor; Daihatsu Motor; Toyota Motor; Nissan Motor; Fuji Heavy Industries; Honda R&D; Mazda Moto; Mitsubishi Motors; and Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI)—have jointly established the Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines ( AICE ). million, including a subsidy granted from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the fiscal year started 1 April 2014.

Innoviz solid-state lidar selected by Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. for autonomous truck project at Chinese port

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Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, announced cooperation with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co. Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Co.

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Nidec to form electric traction motor JV with a subsidiary of Guangzhou Automobile Group

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a member of China-based Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Components is a subsidiary of major Chinese car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group with the sixth-largest market share in the increasingly environmentally strict China. GAC Components mainly manufactures automobile interior parts, electric components, etc. Leading motor manufacturer Nidec Corporation will form a joint venture with GAC Components Co., Ltd., to manufacture automotive traction motors.

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Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

First driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance developed for Toyota connected cars in Japan

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have jointly developed Japan’s first driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance. Both Toyota and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance intend to contribute to the realization of a safe and secure traffic environment for society through the development and provision of telematics automobile insurance that utilizes connected cars and automobile big data. Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance is a pioneer of telematics automobile insurance in Japan.

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Geely officially discloses new global B-segment automobile modular architecture: BMA; new BMA-based SUV to launch this year

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Automobile modular architectures—for example, TNGA of Toyota, and MQB, MLB and MEB of the Volkswagen Group—hav become a major trend in the auto industry. Modular technology has become an important criterion for evaluating whether an automobile company is combining global R&D technology and market layout with a cost-effective manufacturing approach.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium.

Volkswagen previews “Project Trinity” EV; coming in 2026

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By developing the automobile into a software-based product, Volkswagen is creating the conditions for new, data-based business models. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Industry 4.0 Volkswagen gave a first design preview of Project Trinity.

ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

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founded in 2009 out of MIT ( earlier post ), is an emerging technology company headquartered working to develop the first fully active, regenerative suspension for the automotive, trucking, mass transit, and defense industries. The first fully active and regenerative suspension is based on a pioneering electrohydraulic functional unit fitted to the exterior of the damper. Photo: ZF. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into a partnership with Levant Power Corp.

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Volkswagen Group & Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) jointly to develop EVs in China; new JV focused on NEVs

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Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., We look forward to a full scope cooperation together with Volkswagen Group, focus on new energy vehicles, to provide Chinese consumers with highly cost-effective battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) products that promote the development of the Chinese new energy vehicle sector as well as the Chinese auto industry’s transformation and upgrading. —An Jin, Chairman of the Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co.,

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joining BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in developing global autonomous driving platform; Level 4/5 by 2021

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

2017 150

FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released

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The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released the names of the nine manufacturers that have been granted homologation from the 2018/19 season of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. DS Automobiles. Venturi Automobiles. This just goes to show the relevance of Formula E to the motor industry and as an attractive proposition to new audiences and commercial partners, such as the recent agreement with Allianz.

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Continued flooding at Hondas Thai automobile production subsidiary keeps production suspended

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquartered in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), has suspended production since 4 October, due to the parts supply disruptions. Honda Motor Co. issued an update on the impact of flooding in Thailand on its operations there.

MECA: industry could exceed relaxed US efficiency standards as it has to meet tighter standards elsewhere

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year-over-year increase in fuel efficiency and reduction in GHG emissions standards, which will result in projected overall industry averages of 40.4 We believe the industry could exceed the relaxed US efficiency standards as it must meet tighter standards in Europe, China, Japan, Korea and India. This employment figure does not include the tens of thousands of additional jobs in the automobile, truck, and off-road equipment assembly manufacturing industries.

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New Open Fuel Standard Act would set minimum requirement for non-petroleum fuel capability in new automobiles

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2493 ) which would require 30% of new automobiles in 2016, 50% in 2017, and 50% in each subsequent year, to operate on non-petroleum fuels in addition to or instead of petroleum based fuels. The 50% level is a significant reduction from prior legislation introduced that would have required 95% of new automobiles eventually be able to operate on non-petroleum fuels.

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Saab Automobile divests transmission engineering to new company owned by consortium led by Fouriertransform

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Saab Automobile has transferred its transmissions development work to a new company wholly owned by a consortium led by the Swedish state-backed venture capital investor Fouriertransform. The new company, called VICURA and to be formally established on 1 January, will be staffed by more than 50 former Saab Automobile Powertrain engineers and will develop transmission systems for the international automotive industry, including Saab Automobile.

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Saab Automobile Selling 9-3, 9-5 and Powertrain Technology and Tooling to Beijing Automotive

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Saab Automobile AB has closed on the sale to Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings Co. —Jan Åke Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab Automobile. In September, Koenigsegg had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings Co. BAIC) to explore growth opportunities in the Chinese and international markets for the products of SAAB Automobile and BAIC.

2009 179

Dürr acquires Industry 4.0 software specialist iTAC

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This will enable the machinery and plant engineering group to substantially extend its existing activities in the field of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)—the central component of Industry 4.0. EcoEMOS is deployed in numerous automobile factories—among others in Volkswagen’s new Polish factory in Września—to control the entire facility. Dürr has acquired 100% of the shares in the German software house iTAC Software AG.

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CCID Consulting estimates upsurge in aluminum for automobile bodies in China if technical breakthroughs in alloy performance and application technology are made

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China-based and -focused CCID Consulting estimates that the China passenger vehicle market will need at least 1.802 million tons of aluminum sheets annually, assuming that aluminum replaces 15% of the steel used in automobile manufacturing by 2015. The progress of urbanization and the upgrade of the consumption structure will continue to boost the automobile consumption. The stable growth of demand in the automobile market lays a solid foundation for aluminum application.

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Toray and Daimler to Jointly Develop CFRP Automobile Parts for Mercedes-Benz Models

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Toray Industries, Inc. has signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Daimler AG to develop automobile parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). The two companies plan to promote the joint development of diverse CFRP automobile components by utilizing High Cycle Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), a CFRP molding process technology developed by Toray.

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OC&C survey finds US consumers lag behind major industrialized countries in embracing electric/hybrid vehicles

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Americans are much less likely than consumers in other major industrialized countries to purchase an electric vehicle or hybrid, largely because of concerns over access to charging stations away from home, according to a survey by global consulting firm OC&C Strategy Consultants. America remains the spiritual home of the individually owned automobile and the open road, with few willing to adapt to innovation.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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These VPPAs will enable Honda to fully offset the remaining carbon-intensive grid-supplied electricity being used in its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama automobile manufacturing operations, and will help the company meet its voluntary carbon reduction goal.

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GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles

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China-based automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), the parent company of GAC Motor, has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles as part of its efforts to boost its electric vehicle business. Located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district in China’s southern Guangdong province, the industrial park has a planned area of 5 square kilometers.

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IHS Markit: battery recycling industry poised for substantial growth as number of batteries reaching their end of life to increase seven-fold by 2030

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A multitude of supply, demand, cost and sustainability conditions are poised to drive a rapid expansion of the battery recycling industry, more than tripling its capacity by 2030, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. Meanwhile, the continued electrification of the automobile is set to push demand for new batteries to new heights—from 250 GWh in 2020, to more than 1,700 GWh in 2030 and nearly 5,000 GWh per year in 2050.

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Pollution Probe and CAA Publish Comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions

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Canada-based environmental NGO Pollution Probe has released a comprehensive Primer on Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Emissions , produced in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). Coordinated efforts in each of these areas is needed to produce optimal solutions for industry and consumers, and there are roles for government policy and non-government initiatives alike.

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Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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The BMW Group and Toyota are consistent industry leaders, creating extremely positive Sustainable Value over the entire review period—i.e., Findings of the report include: Toyota and the BMW Group are industry leaders. In other words, the authors note, these companies use these resources more efficiently than their industry peers. Economic crisis, energy crisis, climate crisis and recent global developments have affected the automobile industry like few other sectors.

Honda Automobile Thailand uncertain as to when production will resume; flood impact rippling out to other Honda plants

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), issued a statement saying that it does not have a clear outlook for when production will resume as flooding on its facilities has continued since 8 October 2011.

Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical to form 50-50 Li-ion battery electrolyte JV in China

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Ube Industries, Ltd. Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical will apply for approval from government authorities in China and other relevant countries. Provided that the two companies are in compliance with competition laws for relevant countries, Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical will consider the possibility of comprehensive business tie-ups including for development and production, in other countries and regions besides China.

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China Changan Automobile Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën Sign Contract for JV in China

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China South Industries Group Corporation, Changan Automobile Group’s main shareholder, and PSA Peugeot Citroën have signed a contract to create an equally owned joint venture to produce and market light commercial vehicles and passenger cars in China.

2010 161

Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Creating JV for Chinese Market

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Fiat Group and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. This industrial project is also eligible to receive support from the development plan recently established by the Chinese government to promote new investment in six provinces in central China. The agreement was signed in Rome by Zhang Fangyou, Chairman of GAC Group, and Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Group, in the presence of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi.

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek entering automotive industry with connected and autonomous focus

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek plans to bring fully integrated multimedia, connectivity and sensor system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017. We are developing semiconductor solutions to make an impact in the automotive industry and are focused on core areas of In-Vehicle Infotainment, Telematics, safety ADAS to further the evolution toward autonomous driving.

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Fuji Heavy Industries to change company name to Subaru Corporation

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Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Since then, the Company has expanded its businesses ranging from aerospace and industrial products segments to its primary business of Subaru automobiles which began with the introduction of the Subaru 360 minicar in 1958. The purpose of this shift is to further accelerate its efforts to enhance the Subaru brand and achieve even greater growth for Subaru as a distinctive global brand in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries jointly to develop 12V Li-ion starter batteries

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and Ube Industries, Ltd. have agreed jointly to develop lithium-ion batteries for use in automobiles. With this new project, Mazda, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries will combine their technical strengths to overcome such issues. As a leader in the development of key components such as electrolytes and separators, Ube Industries has made significant contributions to improving the performance of lithium-ion batteries and expanding their range of applications.

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5G mobile network goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive production sites in China

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BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become the first automobile manufacturer to enable full 5G wireless coverage at all its plants. With this development, BBA becomes the first automobile manufacturer to use 5G technology in automotive development and production. Effective application of 5G technology in these areas has the potential to transform automobile production and boost productivity. Industry 4.0

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Irish Government, ESB, Mitsubishi Motors, MC Automobile (Europe) and MMC Commercials to Promote Electric Motoring in Ireland

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The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan; Electricity Supply Board (ESB); and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation; MC Automobile (Europe), N.V.; signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties to promote the electric vehicle (EV) industry in Ireland. and MMC Commercials Ltd. At the same time, Ireland’s first EV trial-project, conducted by Trinity College Dublin’s (TCD) School of Engineering on behalf of ESB, was also announced.

Daimler and Toray to establish JV for carbon-fiber based automobile parts; new production and joining process enables large-scale production

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Toray Industries, Inc. and Daimler AG are forming a joint venture in Esslingen, Germany, for manufacturing and marketing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) automobile parts. Reducing the vehicle weight for boosting fuel efficiency is an important issue in the automobile industry. The move towards adoption of carbon fiber is expected to soon gain momentum as a solution for significantly reducing the automobile body weight.

CAR report quantifies automotive’s position as a leading high-tech industry

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Percentage of Global R&D Spending by Industry, 2013. A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) concludes that the automotive industry is not only “high-tech,” it is frequently a leader in technological developments and applications. The report, supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, measures the technological nature of today’s auto industry and compares it to other sectors of the economy often viewed as technologically advanced.

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DiDi partners with SoftBank in Japan for platform services for taxi industry, launches open new energy car-sharing platform

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have established a partnership to provide platform services for the taxi industry. The network of strategic partners includes 12 top automakers including BAIC BJEV, BYD, Chang’an Automobile Group, Chery Automobile Group, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle, First Auto Works, Geely Auto, Hawtai Motor, JAC Motors, KIA Motors, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, and Zotye Auto. DiDi hopes to leverage on its AI strengths and national network to empower the entire automotive industry chain.

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