Media Perspective
  • Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba Group Holding has stepped up its involvement in China's electric vehicle sector, launching a sedan with wireless charging under a new brand formed together with SAIC Motor. The sedan unveiled on Wednesday under the brand IM-for "intelligence in motion" features a new solid-state battery from Contemporary Amperex Technology, China's largest battery maker, with a higher energy destiny than those in use now. The vehicle will be able to self-park and include smartphone functions such as phone shooting and social media sharing. 

    ——Alibaba launches electric car in tie-up with SAIC, by Nikkei

    Comment:

    In recent years, many companies at home and abroad tend to produce electric vehicles with self-independent IPRs. The joint efforts of Alibaba and SAIC will advance the development of China's new-energy automobile industry.

  • iQIYI is pleased to announce that its original film Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain, adapted from the classic novel and IP of the same name by renowned Chinese writer Jin Yong (Louis Cha), began filming in Hengdian World Studios on January 3, 2021. iQIYI's production of Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain is the first time the novel is adapted for the silver screen. The film will feature exhilarating material arts and stunning visual effects, with the help of the special effects team who worked on The Wandering Earth. The film will reinterpret a traditional martial arts story with a modern twist, delivering Jin Yong's novel as a refreshing action-fantasy piece.

    ——iQIYI Original Film Adaptation of Jin Yong masterpiece "Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain" Starts Filming, by PR Newswire

    Comment:

    Faced with the ever-changing demands of users, iQIYI is dedicated to providing high-quality contents. The filming of Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain will further promote iQIYI to explore the user market.

  • Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has patented seven different foldable smartphone designs. Out of the total count, three models feature clamshell form factor. Xiaomi has also patented four large screen foldable smartphones that unfold into a tablet. Earlier, Xiaomi had filed a patent for a foldable smartphone with a quad-camera system that rotates forward for selfies and back for regular photos.

    ——Xiaomi patents 7 foldable smartphone designs, by IANS

    Comment:

    Xiaomi has been enhancing innovative technology of foldable smartphones by filing patent application and strengthening IP protection. Although its foldable smartphones have not been published, Xiaomi has carried out IP portfolio to take the lead in the field.

  • Baidu confirmed that it plans to produce electric vehicles in a partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. A new company will operate as an independent subsidiary of Baidu and oversee the entire industrial chain, from vehicle design to research and development, as well as manufacturing, sales, and service. Baidu will provide intelligent driving capabilities to power the passenger vehicles for the new venture, and Geely will provide vehicle design and manufacturing.

    ——China Internet Heavyweight Baidu Confirms Plan To Enter EV Market With Geely, by Forbes

    Comment:

    Through its cooperation with Geely, Baidu is expected to reach a new level in the EV field by combining Geely's expertise as a leading automobile and EV manufacturer and its expertise in smart transportation and autonomous driving.

  • Baidu is considering making its own electric vehicles and has held talks with automakers about the possibility, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The search-engine leader, which also develops autonomous driving technology and internet connectivity infrastructure, is considering contract manufacturing, one of the people said, or creating a majority-owned venture with automakers. The initiative would be a step up from internet peers. 

    ——China search giant Baidu considers making its own electric vehicles, by Reuters

    Comment:

    Baidu has been emphasizing on vehicle innovation and IP protection since its establishment of Apollo. Baidu's joining in the electric vehicle sector will promote its development.