Oct 26, 2021

On October 26, SAIC Motor announced HERE Technologies will power the connected In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems of MG cars in South-East Asia, Oceania, Western Europe, Latin America, Middle East and India. The connected IVI system includes HERE Traffic which provides real-time information on traffic flow and conditions. The SAIC Motor system includes the latest connected vehicle services including HERE Parking, HERE EV Charge Points and HERE Fuel Prices, which deliver drivers dynamic and highly relevant information on their route ahead.
The MG mobile application i-SMART will utilize HERE’s mobile Software Developer Kit which provides MG software developers with a rich set of location features such as mapping, routing, geocoding, traffic, transit and navigation. Both MG’s conventional and electric vehicles will benefit from HERE services and they are planned to be available immediately in South-East Asia, Oceania and Western Europe, and planned to be introduced in the coming months in Latin America, Middle East and India.

HERE Technologies press release

Oct 26, 2021

On October 22, Chery New Energy Automotive Technology Co., Ltd. (Chery New Energy) signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Anhui Cowarobot Co., Ltd. (Cowarobot) in Wuhu, Anhui Province.
According to the agreement, the two parties will cooperate in the joint development of automated vehicles and promotion of Robotaxis. They will jointly develop a next-generation intelligent connected vehicle which support Level 4 and Level 5 automated driving. They will create application scenarios for unmanned smart mobility, sanitation and logistics, and explore such areas as autonomous driving testing, passenger-carrying operation, and standard certification, so as to form a mechanism comprising R&D, tests and demonstration. They will jointly build an intelligent connected EV platform to facilitate the commercial application of a new mobility ecosystem.
Chery Holding Group Co., Ltd. (Chery) and Cowarobot started cooperation back in 2019. The two parties were working on a project to run vehicle tests on public roads in Wuhu and Shanghai. This project applied cars manufactured by Chery New Energy as the test subject, coupled with an automatic driving system developed by Cowarobot. These cars performed well during the test. At the signing ceremony, Wuhu Economic and Technological Development Area, Chery and Cowarobot also jointly announced the launch of a pilot automated driving commercial operation.
Cowarobot is a new prominent enterprise in the field of autonomous driving in China. It focuses on R&D and application of intelligent driving technology in complex urban situations, possessing technical advantages in automated driving algorithms, controller integration, high-precision map charting, and data processing.
From a Chery press release

Oct 26, 2021

On October 21, an unveiling ceremony was held for the FAW-VW Digitalization R&D Center in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Before the unveiling ceremony, the Chengdu Longquanyi District People’s Government signed a project investment agreement with the FAW-VW Digitalization R&D Center.
According to the agreement, the FAW-VW Digitalization R&D Center will be based in Chengdu. After the project is completed and put into operation, it is expected to form a R&D team consisting of more than 400 people who will be engaged in the digital business of vehicle smart connectivity and marketing. The project objective is to provide a more prominent experience for users of the three major brands (Volkswagen, Jetta, and Audi), and to build an innovative R&D system in the futuristic industry.
From an FAW press release