Media Perspective
  • Recently, self-driving tech start-up Pony.ai announced it plans to mass produce autonomous driving trucks in China with equipment manufacturing giant Sany Heavy Industry. The trucks are slated to come with "Level 4" autonomous driving technology, which would allow full self-driving on highways and urban roads, according to Pony.ai.

    ——Tech self-driving start-up Pony.ai plans to mass produce robotrucks in China, CNBC

    Comment:

    Through the cooperation with equipment manufacturing giant Sany Heavy Industry,Pony.ai has been boosted in autonomous driving trucks. In response to the increasingly fierce competition around the world, Chinese companies such as Pony.ai should strengthen innovation in core components including autonomous driving chip, and make better use of IP portfolio to gain market share.

  • Recently,though Japan continues to lead the world in hydrogen-related technology, its edge is narrowing as new patent filings by the country's companies and research institutions slow while Chinese players forge ahead with government backing, according to Japan-based firm Astamuse. Between 2011 and 2020, China came in second over the U.S., South Korea and Germany with 21,235, when it ranked fifth.

    ——China closes in on Japan's hydrogen technology patent lead, Nikkei Asia

    Comment:

    In recent years, thanks to innovation and IP protection in hydrogen-related technology, China has caught up counterparts. At the same time, we should realize clearly that Chinese companies should strengthen innovation in core technologies to overcome the current deficiencies, in storage and transportation,so as to seize the opportunity in the global market.

  • A special exhibition on East Asian kite culture was recently kicked off at Weifang World Kite Museum, China's Shandong province, to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Culture City of East Asia, a program jointly initiated by China, Japan and South Korea. The event offered visitors an opportunity to gain a good understanding of the historical origin and evolution of China's kite culture and to admire featured kites from home and abroad.

    ——Special exhibition on East Asian kite culture opens in E China's Weifang, Business Wire

    Comment:

    China's intangible cultural heritage represented by kites is rejuvenated through inheritance and innovation, presenting to East Asia and even the  world its experiences in creative transformation and development of traditional culture, and building a cultural bridge between China and other countries.

  • Ice cream prices have risen alongside China's expanding appetite and local brands, including Chicecream, are snapping up a larger share of the high-end market once dominated by Häagen-Dazs. The shifting dynamics in the ice cream industry reflect broader consumer market trends, in which foreign brands are being challenged by Chinese rivals.

    ——China's ice cream brands outpace inflation with soaring prices, Financial Times

    Comment:

    As of date, many Chinese brands have gained fame around the world by means of crossover marketing. What cannot be ignored, however, is that some of them are blamed for poor product quality control. The key for these brands to stay popular for long is heeding R&D and product quality.

  • Baidu is China's highest-profile competitor in a multibillion-dollar race with rival autonomous vehicle developers including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and General Motors Co.'s Cruise to turn their futuristic tech into a consumer product. Baidu says it already is selling navigation and other technology to automakers. It projects total sales of 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) based on agreements made so far, chairman Robin Li said in a conference call with reporters.

    ——China's Baidu races Waymo, GM to develop self-driving cars, AP

    Comment:

    Driven by innovation, smart travel in China is blossoming. Healthy and leading technological innovation and high-level IP protection provide strong support for China's transformation from a big to powerful vehicle country.