China Tech Digest: Kuaishou Testing App Similar To Clubhouse; China’s C919 Airplane Expects Airworthiness Certificate

There are more than 560,000 second-hand car-related companies in China

Tianyancha data shows that there are currently 7.92 million auto-related companies in China. Among them, China will add 1.66 million auto-related companies in 2020.

In terms of geographical distribution, Shandong has the largest number of second-hand car-related companies, reaching 73,000; followed by Guangdong, with 66,000 related companies. In addition, Jiangsu and Anhui also have more than 30,000 second-hand car-related companies.

The number of Tesla super charging piles in mainland China exceeds 6,000

In March, the number of Tesla super charging piles in mainland China officially exceeded 6,000, reaching a new milestone. So far, Tesla has built and opened more than 760 super charging stations and more than 700 destination charging stations in China, covering more than 300 cities, basically covering major cities across the country.

Xiaomi may launch its first foldable phone this year

According to informed sources, Xiaomi is about to release its first folding mobile phone. This folding screen phone may be the Mi MIX series. It is reported that this phone may adopt an outer folding design similar to that of Huawei Mate XS, and the folded cover screen will be 6.38 inches.

Zhihu plans to go to the US for an IPO with a financing amount of 1 billion US dollars

Zhihu plans to go to the United States for an IPO with a financing amount of 1 billion US dollars.

Kuaishou’s Clubhouse-copy app Feichuan is being tested in a small range

Today, Kuaishou released an app called "Spaceship" (Feichuan). It features a private chatroom function, and the features is similar to Clubhouse. It is currently in the small-scale invitation test phase.

Zhang Jianfeng, Dean of Alibaba’s DAMO Academy: Strive to achieve major breakthroughs in chips and quantum computing

Zhang Jianfeng, Dean of Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, said that in the next ten years, Alibaba will unswervingly continue to increase its investment in basic and cutting-edge technologies. It will carry out scientific research in fields such as blockchain, quantum computing, and chips, and strive to achieve major breakthroughs.

C919 is expected to obtain the airworthiness certificate by the end of this year

Wu Guanghui, a representative of the National People’s Congress and chief designer of C919, said in an interview that since the first flight of the C919 aircraft on May 5, 2017, it has conducted a number of experiments, and currently 6 aircraft have been put into intensive flight and certification test flights.

It expects to complete all flight test subjects by the end of this year, and obtain an airworthiness certificate and deliver it to users.

State Intellectual Property Office to formulate rules for the protection of intellectual property rights in new fields such as big data, artificial intelligence, genetic technology

The State Intellectual Property Office issued a policy that requires companies to strengthen the construction of the patent navigation system around the country’s key core technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence, and genetic technology.

Uisee Technology Helps Dongfeng Open RoboTaxi Trial Operation

The Dongfeng Autopilot Pilot Project has been launched recently, opening RoboTaxi test ride service for Wuhan citizens. From February 27th, the Dongfeng Fengshen E70 self-driving taxi developed by Uisee Technology and Dongfeng Motor can already be booked and experienced through the mobile app.

After 5 months of road testing and commissioning, the pilot project has already launched 42 self-driving taxis. At 22 main stops in Wuhan Economic Development Zone, the pilot runs with open sections between the stations, accumulating self-driving history of more than 100,000 kilometers.

Canalys: China’s smartphone market shipments decline 11% year-on-year in 2020

Canalys released a report stating that in the fourth quarter of 2020, the smartphone market in mainland China had shipped 84 million units, a 4% year-on-year decrease.

In 2020, shipments for the whole year fell 11% year-on-year to 330 million units. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Huawei’s (including Honor) market share dropped from 41% in the third quarter of 2020 to 22%. Throughout 2020, Huawei (including Honor) will continue to maintain its leading position, with Oppo ranking second and Vivo ranking third.

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