Waymo Launches Subsidiary In Shanghai Paving Autonomous Way Into China

Waymo has set up a wholly-owned company by the name of Huimo Business Consulting in Shanghai’s free trade zone, according to a report from Reuters.

The new company’s scope includes business and logistics consultancy, as well as services related to the design and testing of autonomous car parts. Huimo Business Consulting has a registered capital of 3.5 million yuan ($509,000) and was established on May 22.

Waymo has confirmed that it has established a legal entity in China several months ago and that it has people working there.

Google, which left China’s search engine market in 2010, has been trying to find ways to re-enter the sector in the country, where many of its products are blocked by regulators. A recent report suggested that the company plans to launch a different version of its search engine in China that will block some websites and search terms.

Waymo’s new subsidiary comes as China is making a major push into self-driving smart vehicles, in a bid to keep pace with the United States on the development of autonomous tech.

Earlier this year, Beijing issued licenses to automakers, such as BAIC and NIO, that allow them to test autonomous vehicles on Shanghai’s roads.

more photos...
Jaguar’s Latest Project Looks To Perfect Traffic Light-Timing

New tech aims to take the guesswork out of timing traffic lights for a smoother commute.

2020 Kia Soul Can’t Wait Until The LA Auto Show To Show Its New Face

Kia’s Soul crossover looks poised to keep its quirky style in its next iteration soon to be revealed.

BMW 1 Series Shadow Edition Taunts Us With The RWD Hatchback We Can’t Have

It’s not so much the special edition that tempts us as the model on which it’s based.

Semi Hits Two Overpasses In One Minute Before Losing Container

There’s a reason why signs with maximum height restrictions exist – but this driver didn’t take notice.

2018 Honda Clarity Is A Good PHEV With Some Quirks, Says Consumer Reports

The weird gear selector is very confusing, and things become noisy once the ICE kicks in.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye By Hennessey Gets A Whooping 1,035HP

The Demon might have been discontinued, but its spirit lives on in this Hennessey-prepped Redeye.

2019 Holden Trax Doesn’t Impress, But It’s Still A Nicely Sorted Package

More than six years after it was unveiled, the Chevrolet/Holden Trax is still an interesting purchase.

Lamborghini Espada Hot Rod Says It Loud: It’s WIDE And It’s Proud

Danton Arts Kustoms and Carrosserie Herve have celebrated the Espada’s 50th birthday by making a hot rod.

710 HP BMW M4 Shakes Its Hips On Wet Tarmac, Parades Giant Wing

This BMW M4 Coupe seems like a well sorted package, except for that extremely large wing.

2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Going Up For Auction With A Gulf Livery

Forget the lawyers, Ford’s auctioning off a 2019 GT and won’t sue everyone this time around.