It is unclear how much progress in the development of Tencent, but the Tencent already has a prototype, the system test in the internal start and Hongkong stock market rose 3%, reaching the highest level of Tencent in 2004 since the IPO.
Today, ubiquitous WeChat is an internal development project of Tencent. Tencent will become China's largest independent driving into the enterprise. Tencent bought Tesla Inc in March About 5% of the shares, and vigorously investment sharing travel industry giant drops (Didi Chuxing) and travel map production company NavInfo (NavInfo Co.) But few people expect the game and social media companies to come up with their own autonomous driving skills. This will be a positive impact on Baidu, because Baidu has invested billions of dollars for AI (Artificial Intelligence) and automatic driving, and intends to 2018 before the automatic car on the road.
Autonomous driving is considered to be one of the key areas that enable Chinese manufacturers to become more innovative and competitive globally. The Shenzhen based Tencent has focused on maps, Internet connectivity and image recognition, which can help Tencent compete with Baidu in the world's most competitive electric vehicle market. Ma Huateng, chairman of Tencent, said in March that he hoped that Tencent could develop driverless car technology based on AI in the future.
Jane Yip, a Tencent spokeswoman, declined to comment.
Tencent is also an early investor in Nio, an electric car company founded by William Li, China's Internet entrepreneur, Nio, originally known as NextEV. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Nio is aiming to bring plug-in drive cars to the U.S. market in 2020.
According to Bloomberg data show, Tencent is now the fourth largest shareholder of tesla. Tesla is ready at the end of this year to begin production for mass market Model 3. It is unclear how specific Tencent and Tesla will cooperate. (far)