After announcing partnerships in 2021 with Hero Moto in India and Gojek in Indonesia, the electric motorcycle and battery swap company Gogoro aims to start producing electrical motorbikes in China, India, and Indonesia in 2022. What is its secret sauce for expanding its supply chains at such lightning speed? The answer lies with its smart manufacturing partners, PowerArena and NTT Data.
Metaverse has become the hottest tech buzzword as of late, attracting global industry players to jump on the investment bandwagon. However, while most companies have claimed they are builders of a new reality, the metaverse inventions they promote are mostly products that already exist in the market.
Startups in Southeast Asia (SEA) are seeing more opportunities to grow in the post-pandemic era. The number of deals in SEA's tech startup scene in the first half of this year hit a record high with combined value of US$4.4 billion, according to Cento Ventures, a Singaporean venture capital.
Many Taiwanese enterprises have been reluctant to embrace innovation and pours investment in IoT, AI, and blockchain, but country's digital transformation needs a push from AI startups, according to industry observers.
The range and charging time of batteries are the major concerns of electric vehicle users and a critical bottleneck for the EV industry. The Israel-based startup, Addionics, is developing a 3D-structured battery that could solve all pains.
The rise of "mobility-as-a-service" or "vehicle-as-a-service," such as car rental services, car sharing, or ridesharing services, not only provides people with more alternative ways of commuting but also drives the transformation of fleet management companies and operators to optimize the fleet operation and EV adoption.
Datacenters are opening at a rapid pace in ASEAN countries. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is building new data centers in Jakarta, Indonesia; Microsoft has plans to set up Azure datacenters in Indonesia and Malaysia; Facebook is currently building a data center in Singapore, and Alibaba Cloud is building a data center in the Philippines.
The AI Chip Center for Emerging Smart Systems (ACCESS) founded by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) convened a press conference on the 30th of November to share the vision of fostering a semi-open R&D platform bridging the gap between the semiconductor industry and the academics while helping develop transnational talents to meet the huge demand of the market.
Online shopping service operator and web portal PChome Online will become the lead investor in series B round of funding for AccuHit AI Technology, a Taiwan-based MarTech startup, according to PChome Online CEO Kevin Tsai.
Cloud kitchens have seen popularity grow fast in the Asia-Pacific amid the pandemic. Since 2020, the Asia Pacific region has gained the highest market share in the cloud kitchen sector, according to Reportlinker. Agri-food tech firms from China, India, and Singapore have accumulated more than US$7 billion in investment in the first half of 2021.
New trends and tech advances are emerging from the horizon of blockchain technology. On the second day (Nov.13th, Taipei time) of the 2021 U.S. Taiwan High-Tech Forum (UTHF) hosted by the North America Taiwanese Engineering and Science Association (NATEA), Blockchain experts including Edward Chang, adjunct professor at Stanford University, Andrew Tang, chair of the executive committee at Draper University, Clara Tsao, founding officer and director of Filecoin Foundation shared insights in new technologies and latest trends.
In a pre-event interview with DIGITIMES, Quantum International Corp. (QIC) founder and CEO Alex Lee shared his insights on the triple forces boosting the growth of Taiwan after the US-China Trade War and the COVID-19 pandemic. He also made an impressive prediction on the new digital economy of Taiwan in the next 10 years.
After successful seed-round funding, Silicon Valley-based Social-emotional learning (SEL) education startup MEandMine is launching multiple efforts in 2022, building the momentum for its market expansion in Europe and Asia, as well as integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies as tools for products aimed for enhancing user experience and efficacy, said CEO Elinor Huang.