China is the largest vehicle market in the world. Thanks to active government involvement, it is also a leader in electric vehicle uptake. Its consumers are among the most tech-savvy and enthusiastic digital adopters anywhere, making it a particularly receptive market for autonomous driving. These factors have created a perfect storm for new mobility pioneers, one of which—Xpeng—is attracting global attention.
Numerous brands are gunning to take on Tesla, the poster child of EV success, but this one may have more of a chance than others. This month we sit down with President and Vice Chairman Brian Gu to find out why. This edition also features an in-depth look at the potential lack of tech support for the software-defined car, a solution to the problem of L3 driving handover, the regulatory patchwork around AVs in the US, the relatively empty third dimension and the cost of cleaning up CV diesels.
In this issue:
- Rising stars: Xpeng gives Tesla a run for its money
- Could the cognition Goldilocks zone solve the challenge of semi-autonomous driving?
- Regulatory patchwork threatens autonomous freight progress
- Digital reality solutions ease the transition to e-mobility
- Infotainment: product differentiator and safety hurdle
- How is Nissan harnessing motorsport for mainstream electric cars?
- eVTOLs are part of a “new era of co-existence” in mobility
- Is there an expiry date for connected vehicle software support?
- Smart charging practices are essential to EV battery health
- AVs will become mobile audio-visual experience centres
- FCC SpaceX satellite ruling advances autonomous vehicle development
- Brand loyalty: automakers become relationship service experts
- What is the cost of cleaning up commercial vehicle diesels?
- Is ‘Vision Zero’ viable?