The center will be supported by Deloitte China's automotive cloud services team that specializes in products and services that encompass digital supply chains, intelligent network connectivity, and cybersecurity.
On August 16, 2022, Alibaba Cloud and Deloitte China teamed up to launch a facility that focuses on developing applications for the automotive sector, called Deloitte-Alibaba Cloud Auto Industry Center. The new center will develop applications that include autonomous driving, smart manufacturing, and digital marketing and looks to tap a market home to the world's largest autonomous vehicle industry by 2035.
The center will be supported by Deloitte China's automotive cloud services team that specializes in products and services that encompass digital supply chains, intelligent network connectivity, and cybersecurity. Alibaba's cloud computing resources spanning artificial intelligence (AI) and networking also will be tapped. Citing Deloitte's research, Deloitte China's automotive industry lead Andy Zhou said China was projected to be the world's largest autonomous vehicles market by 2035, with more than 5.7 million such vehicles. Worldwide, by 2030, there will be 82.5 million autonomous vehicles.
China released its first set of draft rules outlining guidelines on the deployment of self-driving public transport vehicles, such as buses, on its Bus Rapid Transit system one week ago. Categorizing such vehicles into three key groups based on autonomous capabilities, the proposed laws would allow autonomous vehicles to facilitate taxi services under controllable scenarios and provide a reference point for local agencies. The Chinese government last December outlined a five-year plan to drive its ambition of becoming a global innovation hub for robotics by 2025, with the country's robotics industry projected to grow an average of 20% between 2021 and 2025. China is expecting high-end advanced robots to be adopted across more sectors, including automobile, aerospace, railway, logistics, and mining.