By sun Shi of Tencent Technology
The drawing number is visible
This week, technology giants are making cars. First Baidu announced the establishment of a joint venture with Geely; then Ali and SAIC set up a joint venture to officially release its first electric car; at the same time, Foxconn and Geely also set up a joint venture.
For technology companies without car manufacturing experience, how can they complete the cross-border layout? This paper reveals the influence of technology companies in the field of car manufacturing.
For Internet companies, it has become a routine operation, or the most direct means, to invest in a new field.
At present, the shadow of Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and meituan can be seen behind the three listed domestic new energy vehicle companies: Weilai, ideal and Xiaopeng. Among them, Tencent, Ali and meituan are the major shareholders of Weilai, Xiaopeng and ideal respectively.
In addition, according to the information released before Weilai's listing, Liu qiangdong still has certain shares in Weilai, but the latest sec documents do not show Liu's shareholding ratio.
As an unlisted company, Weima has not announced the specific shareholding ratio. However, according to past media reports, Tencent once led Weima, and in October 2020, baidu invested heavily in Weima.
In addition, the establishment of joint ventures with traditional automobile manufacturers has become a secret weapon for Internet companies. As can be seen from the above figure, Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, Didi, etc. have made some moves with traditional car companies, and some joint ventures have already made models. Foxconn, on the other hand, follows the old line of OEM. Its joint venture with Geely also provides OEM services for global auto companies.
At the same time, Silicon Valley giants are also expanding in the automotive sector. Apple, Google and Microsoft all launched on-line vehicle systems. In terms of car making, the news about Apple auto has been rampant for some time, and even Hyundai Auto accidentally let slip, saying that it had had preliminary discussions with apple.
In addition, waymo, a self driving company of Google, is also seeking cooperation with traditional car companies such as Daimler and Fiat to develop self driving models.
Amazon, another Silicon Valley giant, launched its self driving taxi through its start-up company zoox, which is regarded as the first company in Silicon Valley to have an independent model.