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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 22, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) announced that retail sales of passenger cars (including sedans, SUVs, MPVs but not minivans) in October were expected to reach 1.72 million units, with a year-over-year (y/y) decline of about 13.7%.
According to the CPCA, the tightened regulations on energy consumption and emission reduction, coupled with the potential risk of pandemic resurgence in some regions, will bring challenges to the domestic economy in the fourth quarter. However, policies to promote auto consumption have been issued in various regions, which may lead to a mild boost in sales. The chip supply in the fourth quarter will slightly improve compared with the third quarter, but it is unlikely to witness a full recovery within the year. Production and supply will continue to be the decisive factor restricting the development of the automotive market in the fourth quarter.
From a CPCA press release

Oct 26, 2021

On October 25,  STMicroelectronics introduced the Teseo-VIC3DA, the latest member of the Teseo module family. It combines ST’s high-performing Automotive Teseo III GNSS IC with the automotive 6-axis MEMS inertial measurement unit (IMU) and dead reckoning software to create a convenient, automotive-qualified navigation module. It enables competitively priced in-car navigation, fleet management, and insurance-monitoring applications. With multi-constellation awareness, Teseo III offers robust positioning capabilities by simultaneously receiving signals from GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, and QZSS constellations. The ST 6-axis automotive-grade MEMS IC introduces super-high-resolution motion tracking in advanced vehicle navigation and telematics applications.
It can be updated with new firmware as necessary using the free TESEO-SUITE software. Containing a highly accurate integrated Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO), the module achieves excellent accuracy of 1.5m CEP2 for typical automotive use cases. The Teseo-VIC3DA module operates from 3.3V and has a standby mode that draws just 17µA to minimize demand on the vehicle’s electrical supply. The Teseo-VIC3DA is tested and certified by ST according to the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED), applicable ETSI standards, and EN safety standards.

STMicroelectronics press release

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