Two subsidiary companies respectively owned by Alibaba Group and Chinese car manufacturer Chery recently entered a strategic agreement to establish a joint laboratory to develop intelligent car solutions.
Alibaba’s Zebra Zhixing and Chery’s Lion Tech will set up a technical team to carry out in-depth cooperation in the fields of data operation, intelligent cab, intelligent car cloud and automatic driving. They will also
The two companies will build smart systems that fully link vehicles to various online services. They are also committed to develop a smart car operating system that would enable autonomous driving. They will also carry out all-round cooperation to develop various intelligent car-to-cloud services.
“Promoting independent innovation in science and technology and creating smarter travel experience are the common goals of Lion Tech and Zebra Zhixing,” the two companies said in a press release. “We will give full play of our respective advantages to jointly explore and take intelligent cars to the next phase of innovation.”
Lion Tech was established in 2014 as the intelligent business unit of Chery, focusing on technologies around intelligent cars such as autonomous driving, car networking, data operation, intelligent manufacturing and mobile travel services. The subsidiary provides with the digital technologies needed through the whole automobile manufacturing lifecycle from R&D, manufacturing, marketing, user service, and so forth.
On the other hand, Zebra Zhixing is founded in 2015 as Alibaba’s innovative business segment focusing on the R&D of the autonomous intelligent car operating system for the automotive industry.